upc eetac_1 Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Systems and in Network Engineering

Week 8

Week 9: Chapter III: Introduction to microcontrollers

Week 10


Guided activities #9

[P9] Microcontrollers. A brief description of the architecture. 


Chapter III. This course we'll use the 8-bit microcontroller chip PIC18F4520 from Microchip, MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE) and Proteus VSM as the simulation tool.

The architecture of the PIC18F family (or other micrcontrollers like PIC16F877A,  ATmega8535, or the ATmega328P (the one used in Arduino boards).

Basic concepts on microcontrollers at this unit.



Lecture #9

[P9] Another example: designing a 1-digit BCD adder

Debugging tools: break points, step by step mode, watch windows, etc.


Questionnaire #Q2.2 on P7 -P8.   --> Delayed to May 26   

A bit of theory. Harvard versus Von Neumann architectures, 8-bit, 16-bit, etc. families, assembler instructions, RAM memory, EPROM Flash) program memory, I/O ports, etc.

Our modular CSD style of programming: the hardware-software diagram to explain the project architecture. RAM variables.

Analysis of the Dual_MUX4 example: organising the C code in our CSD style:

- Hardware. (microcontroller, oscillator, reset and I/O pins).

- Software. Microcontroller initialisation and infinite loop.

- init_system(). Configuration registers. How to configure a port pin as input or as output.  The idea of tri-state gates and bidirectional wires and buses. How to set the direction (TRISn) of a pin as input or as output?

- read_inputs(). Read/poll/capture inputs. How to convert electrical signals, voltages and currents into RAM variables? Bitwise logic operations.

- write_outputs(). Write outputs. Bitwise logic operations.

- truth_table(). How to solve the project's algorithm? Translate the truth table to C using a behavioural interpretation (plan B) and flowcharts.


Laboratory #9

[P9] Example on running the project's design flow: Dual_MUX4, digital I/O.


Your first tutorial using microcontrollers: the Dual_MUX4. Specifications of this combinational circuit and the project design flow from conception to the final circuit.

This application is for running the integrated development environment (IDE) MPLAB-X + XC8.

Basics ideas on programming and debugging. C  source file, target chip, integrated development environment (IDE), compilation, output files ELF or COF and HEX, simulation in Proteus, step by step debugging, breakpoints, watch variables, etc.

- Measurements: loop time, interrupt time, etc. How long does it take to execute an instruction in C or in assembly? Disassembly mode.


This is the due date for the PLA#2.2. (Project PJ, May 31)