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[DPRG] Getting Into PICs

Subject: [DPRG] Getting Into PICs
From: Dan Creagan dcreagan at bellevue.edu
Date: Thu Nov 15 11:11:04 CST 2001


Lots and lots of pros using it (join the Piclist for an avalanche of
messaging). I'm not stuck on them, but I do like them. I can always get
PIC chips for my projects; however, I often run into supply problems
with the other makers. Atmel (last year) was really bad. 

I like them because you can pick one that pretty much matches your
project and make a nice, cost effective, solution.

I use Atmel, too. However, the topic was: "Getting into PICs".

-----Original Message-----
>From: Mike McCarty [mailto:jmccarty at ssd.usa.alcatel.com] 
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 10:36 AM
To: Dan Creagan
Cc: Patrick Innes; DPRGlist at dprg.org
Subject: RE: [DPRG] Getting Into PICs

On Thu, 15 Nov 2001, Dan Creagan wrote:

> IF you want to be reasonably serious, get a PicStart Plus programmer 
> from Microchip, get the book Easy Pic'n by Benson 
> (http://www.amazon.com), buy a couple of 16F84's, a couple of crystals

> (10 MHz for both) and take a weekend to learn assembler.  It isn't too

> bad if you really want to do it ... those who complain about Harvard 
> architecture probably haven't looked at it for longer than a 
> heartbeat... there are only a couple dozen instructions (+) so it 
> isn't rocket science.


The people I know who hate the PIC don't do so because it is Harvard
architecture. The Intel 8031 is also Harvard architecture, but some of
those who have abandoned the PIC went to the 8031. The PIC has a bizarre
assembly language and architecture. Or should I say architectures?

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