[sdiy] PIC basic setup?

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Fri Jan 10 14:59:14 CET 2014

I hadn't seen those, but it's true, they look good:


I particularly like the 18-pin one, since it comes with a 16F1827, and I think the 16F1xxx "enhanced" mid range PICs are a massive improvement over the earlier ones. They're significantly easier to use and significantly faster.

I've heard it said that the enhanced chips are more sophisticated and therefore not so suitable for beginners, but I don't agree. Many of the weirdnesses of the older chips have been ironed out and they seem more logical and straightforward to me. Bank selection has a single simple command now, for example, and doing table reads from program memory is far less complicated.
My recommendation would be to go straight in with the newer 16F1xxx chips and ignore the older 16Fxxx stuff.


On 10 Jan 2014, at 13:19, Steve Ridley <spr at spridley.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:

> It's worth considering buying the Microchip development boards. They're absurdly cheap.
> For example the 28 pin board DM164120-3 costs around £15, and comes with an assembled board, two bare boards, a PIC16 and a PIC18.
> At those prices it's hardly worth DIYing and also if there's a problem, you know it's probably your code and not the board.
> The 18 pin and 44 pin versions have tutorials too.
> Steve
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