Serial PIC'n
PIC Microcontroller Serial Communications by Roger Stevens



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  • "Serial PIC'n" has been revised and updated and is now entitled,
    "Serial Communications."

    SQUARE 1 ELECTRONICS
    PIC® MICROCONTROLLER BOOKS
    NEW TITLES - SAME USEFUL BOOKS -



    To view new tables of contents and ordering information, click on the "HOME" link on the left side of this page, and you will be directed to the current versions.

    An explanation of these new title changes follows:

    TITLE CHANGES

    Unfortunately, because of trademark issues, it has become mandatory
    that we phase out the use of "PIC'n" in the titles our books. Since the titles are changing, we are using this as an opportunity add some new
    material and to move some topics from one book to another to improve
    the flow from one topic to the next.

    [1] Easy PIC'n is now Easy Microcontrol'n.

      Easy Microcontrol'n 4.0 is what Easy PIC'n 4.0 would have been without the title change.
    [2] PIC'n Up The Pace is now Microcontrol'n Apps. New topics include:
  • Using comparators.
  • Mov'n up or down from the PIC16F84 to other devices. This topic is
       described in detail and includes a chapter devoted
        to the new PIC12F675 8-pin device.

    Material transferred from PIC'n Techniques to this book includes:

  • Material on talking to a PIC ® microcontroller with a PC running    a terminal program which has been updated for presentation here.
  • Simple digital voltmeter experiment.
  • Simple data logger experiment
  •  Information on 8-pin devices (updated - PIC12F675 - see note that follows). We have folded all of the subject matter from Easy Debug'n into this book:
  • PIC16F87x devices.
  • 10-bit A/D conversion.
  • Using the Microchip in-circuit debugger (ICD).

    [3] PIC'n Techniques - the timing and counting portion (two thirds of the book)is now Time'n and Count'n.

    The material in Time'n and Count'n has not been changed significantly. Its focus is 16-bit timing and counting applications using Timer 1, Timer 2 and the CCP module. Customers who have PIC'n Techniques should not buy Time'n and Count'n. The remaining topics from PIC'n Techniques now appear in Microcontrol'n Apps to eliminate redundancy, to improve the flow from one topic to the next and to put closely related topics together.

    [4] Serial PIC'n is now Serial Communications.

      Serial Communications version 3.0 is what Serial PIC'n version 3.0 would have been without the title change.
    Information on I2C hardware slave has been added. This is a feature of the MSSP module introduced recently by Microchip in their newer devices. Chapter 8 combines the original Chapter 8 material on I2C, I2C hardware master (Appendix C in Serial PIC'n version 2.0) and the new material on I2C hardware slave. The only reason for a customer who has Serial PIC'n to buy Serial Communications is to obtain the updated I2C information.

    NOTE: Microchip's 12-bit core base-line parts have been very successful products. Microchip's new 0.5 micron flash 14-bit core parts cost less to manufacture than the equivilant 12-bit core parts plus they have a much more powerful set of features ( interrupts, 8-level stack, etc.). New product designs will incorporate the latest technology. As a result, the 12-bit core material has been eliminated from our books.

    The 8-pin part example which appears in Microcontrol'n Apps is the new PIC12F675 which has a 14-bit core and all the advantages that go with it. It also has 10-bit A/D, a comparator, a 16-bit timer/counter and a low price! Things just keep on getting better. We regret any inconvenience and confusion that results from these changes. Our goal is to improve our products for the long term.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    Dave Benson
    Square 1 Electronics
    Email sqone@pacific.net


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