The Piccolino rapid development board can be used to quickly design microcontroller circuits. The Piccolino has a fast 16f887 PIC microcontroller, voltage regulator, and communications module, and can be easily extended using its four headers.
This book contains 30 projects based on the Piccolino. We'll use its unique communications facilities and get the Piccolino to communicate with programs on a PC. On the PC, we use the free programming language Small Basic. You can use this to easily create Windows programs with buttons and graphs. You will learn how to analyze components such as inductors, capacitors and OPAMPs, and how to display the measurement results in a graphical format. This will help you to design your own circuits easily.
We will then start to adapt the Piccolino. We'll add components to it to make it more powerful, with extra features such as flow control and digital to analog conversion. The clear instructions will enable you to design and build your own adaptations. This way you can make your own custom designed Piccolino.
We'll end up making an extension: a PCB that that can be mounted on the Piccolino headers. As an example, we'll design and build an extension for an LCD display. You can use the included board layout to make your own PCB, or have it made for you. At the same time, you will learn how to make your own extensions. The only limitation is your imagination!
The clear descriptions along with circuit diagrams and photos will make the building of these projects an enjoyable experience. Each project has a clear explanation of the reasons why it was designed in a particular way. This helps you learn a lot about the Piccolino, as well as Small Basic, and the components that are used in this book. You can adapt the projects to suit your own requirements, or combine several projects.
|Author(s)||Bert van Dam|