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Author Topic: The popularity of PIC© microcontrollers is increasing rapidly  (Read 1062 times)

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Offline freak

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Nowadays the PIC© microcontrollers are used for lots and lots of embedded system projects and critical systems. But also it is a fact that the microcontrollers produced by Intel© such as 8086©, 80196© etc. are the starting step for embedded system development studies.  :-X

I think the popularity of PIC© microcontrollers is because of its robustness, free MPLAB© IDE, PIC chip availability, software security features, programming easiness etc.

Some of the main features of PIC© microcontrollers:
  • Broad portfolio of more than 250 8-bit PIC© microcontrollers.
  • The MPLAB© IDE is absolutely free and supports all of Microchip’s 8, 16, and 32-bit microcontrollers.
  • Availability of complete and comprehensive technical documentation.
  • Availability of low cost development tools for prototyping.
  • Easy migration with pin and code compatibility.
  • PIC© microcontrollers have shortest lead times in the industry.
  • 24x7 technical support.

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« Last Edit: March 09, 2010, 11:10:09 AM by jithin »

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Re: The popularity of PIC© microcontrollers is increasing rapidly
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010, 10:03:40 AM »
The applications of PIC® microcontrollers are in the areas of;

  • Automotive
  • Home appliances
  • High temperature applications
  • Intelligent power supply systems
  • Lighting
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical solutions
  • Motor control
  • 3V system designs
  • EMC design solutions
  • Extreme low power design solutions
  • Touch sensing applications
  • Audio & Speech
  • CAN / LIN
  • Ethernet
  • Graphics & LCD
  • KEELOQ Authentication
  • USB
  • Utility Metering
  • WiFi
  • ZigBee®
  • Radio frequency applications
  • Infrared applications

Also the embedded system development using the PIC® microcontrollers is really enjoyable and thrilling. I love PIC®  :-*
« Last Edit: March 09, 2010, 10:06:31 AM by RollingStone »

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Criteria for choosing the microcontrollers
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 07:11:30 AM »
Of course PIC microcontrollers are very popular these days. There are some criteria for choosing the microcontrollers for a particular application. The following questions should be first answered before we can make a choice of a microcontroller for an application.
  • The computational need: We have to first understand what exactly we are trying to control. This understanding of the operation in turn will help us in getting an idea about what should be the size of the microcontroller, how much memory is required, what should be the clock rate at which the controller should be running to accomplish the desired task.

  • The size and cost: The cost of a product is dependent on many factors like the memory, the size, the weight, operating frequency, the PCB size, the power consumed and the heat sink.

  • Availability of the software development tools: As we know that most of the embedded systems are a combination of hardware and software, the hardware is essentially the microcontroller. Most of the times the software that's been written require some specialized tools like compilers and assemblers, debugging tools. So the availability of these software tools becomes an important issue during a microcontroller based application development.

  • Availability of resources: Even though the microcontroller provides on-chip memory and peripherals, for some applications the on-chip features might not be sufficient. The availability and compatibility of th external memory & peripherals that may be needed becomes another important aspect in the design of a microcontroller based application development.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2012, 07:22:13 AM by robert »

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Criteria for choosing the microcontrollers
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 07:11:30 AM »