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  • To get started using PIC(R) microcontrollers you will need:

  • A PC running Windows 95 or higher.

  • MPLAB which is software that runs on a PC. It includes a text editor for creating assembly language source code and an assembler to convert the source code into a form which can be programmed into the PIC microcontroller. MPLAB is available at no cost from Microchip’s web site.

    MPLAB details are available on this site using the “MPLAB” link on the left.

    It is a great tool and it is free!

  • A device programmer to program PIC microcontrollers. Sources are listed in the back of all of our books and on this web site.

  • A PIC16F84A-04/P or two.

  • A simple test circuit to exercise the PIC16F84A (experiments). A schematic is included in “Easy Microcontrol’n”.

  • A UV eraser is not required. The PIC16F84A used in the experiments has EEPROM program memory so a UV eraser is not needed. This is one of the reasons that the F84A is the experimenter’s part of choice.

  • Information on how to do all this which is what we provide in the form of books on the subject.

    If you have questions, contact us by eMail at sqone@pacific.net, telephone (208) 664-4115, fax (208) 772-8236. Dave & Wanda



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