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COMPLEX STANDARD COMPONENTS

V. Ryan 2011

 

EXAMPLE - PIC MICROCONTROLLERS
 
PIC microcontrollers ( Programmable Interface Controllers), are pre-built electronic circuits, that can be programmed to carry out a vast range of tasks. They can be programmed to be timers or to control a production line and much more. They are found in most electronic devices such as alarm systems, computer control systems, mobile phones, in fact almost any electronic device. Many types of PIC microcontrollers exist, although the best are probably found in the GENIE range of programmable microcontrollers. These are programmed and simulated by Circuit Wizard software.

Although PIC Microcontrollers are composed of many individual standard electronic components, they can be regarded as a complex standard component in their own right. This is because they have numerous practical applications when used as a programmable circuit. PIC Microcontroller circuits are purchased by manufacturers and used as standard ‘components’ in even more complex products.

PIC Microcontrollers are relatively cheap and can be bought as pre-built circuits or as kits that can be assembled by the user.
 
 
 
A standard PIC Microcontroller circuit, with basic inputs and outputs connected.
 
 
SOME USES OF PIC MICRO-CONTROLLERS
 
They are standard programmable circuits but can be used;

In alarm and security systems,
to control production lines,
to control individual machines, on a production line,
to monitor and control engines,
to monitor sensors and to turn on outputs,
in communication systems,
in domestic central heating systems,
In numerous devices in the kitchen

They have many more practical applications.
 
 
 
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