© 2010

The Essential PIC18® Microcontroller


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Sid Katzen
      Pages 3-15
    3. Sid Katzen
      Pages 17-40
    4. Sid Katzen
      Pages 41-64
  3. The Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-67
    2. Sid Katzen
      Pages 69-93
    3. Sid Katzen
      Pages 95-157
    4. Sid Katzen
      Pages 159-204
    5. Sid Katzen
      Pages 205-238
    6. Sid Katzen
      Pages 239-273
    7. Sid Katzen
      Pages 275-302
  4. The Outside World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-304
    2. Sid Katzen
      Pages 305-332
    3. Sid Katzen
      Pages 333-378
    4. Sid Katzen
      Pages 379-451
    5. Sid Katzen
      Pages 453-488
    6. Sid Katzen
      Pages 489-537
    7. Sid Katzen
      Pages 539-561
    8. Sid Katzen
      Pages 563-583

About this book


Microprocessors are the key component of the infrastructure of our 21st-century electronic- and digital information-based society. More than four billion are sold each year for use in 'intelligent' electronic devices; ranging from smart egg-timer through to aircraft management systems.

Most of these processors devices appear in the form of highly-integrated microcontrollers, which comprize a core microprocessor together with memory and analog/digital peripheral ports. By using simple cores, these single-chip computers are the cost- and size-effective means of adding the brains to previous dumb widgets; such as the credit card.

Using the same winning format as the successful Springer guide, The Quintessential PIC® Microcontroller, this down-to-earth new textbook/guide has been completely rewritten based on the more powerful PIC18 enhanced-range Microchip MCU family. Throughout the book, commercial hardware and software products are used to illustrate the material, as readers are provided real-world in-depth guidance on the design, construction and programming of small, embedded microcontroller-based systems. Suitable for stand-alone usage, the text does not require a prerequisite deep understanding of digital systems.

Topics and features:

  • Uses an in-depth bottom-up approach to the topic of microcontroller design using the Microchip enhanced-range PIC18® microcontroller family as the exemplar
  • Includes fully worked examples and self-assessment questions, with additional support material available on an associated website
  • Provides a standalone module on foundation topics in digital, logic and computer architecture for microcontroller engineering
  • Discusses the hardware aspects of interfacing and interrupt handling, with an emphasis on the integration of hardware and software
  • Covers parallel and serial input/output, timing, analog, and EEPROM data-handling techniques
  • Presents a practical build-and-program case study, as well as illustrating simple testing strategies

This useful text/reference book will be of great value to industrial engineers, hobbyists and people in academia. Students of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, will also find this an ideal textbook, with many helpful learning tools.

Dr. Sid Katzen is Associate to the School of Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and, Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of UlsterJordanstownUnited Kingdom

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From the reviews:

“I must indeed use it as a reference book for my class … . the book begins with basic concepts, but covers all aspects of real-world PIC programming. … it is full of questions and examples, with answers and solutions that are very conducive to learning and understanding how to build applications with PIC microcontrollers. … it covers not only the Assembly programming language, but also interfacing with peripheral and serial buses, a main application of microcontrollers. … well written, clear, and easy to follow.” (Javier Castillo, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2010)