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The LAB-X1 Tutorial and Resource Book
The LAB-X1 Tutorial and Resource Book Quantity in Basket: None
Code: X1BOOK
Price: $49.95
Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds
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By Harprit Singh Sandhu

The LAB-X1 Tutorial and Resource Book is intended for the novice user.  Using PICBASIC PRO examples written for the LAB-X1 and PIC16F877A MCU, the book explains the fundamental concepts that are sometimes taken for granted by other authors.  The user can work through the book in step-by-step fashion, experimenting with each example on the LAB-X1.

The focus of this tutorial is the multitude of hardware features provided on the LAB-X1 Experimenter Board. The book teaches you about microcontrollers by having you undertake a number of software exercises using PICBASIC PRO. These cover each and every hardware feature (including all the optional components) provided on the LAB-X1. Each hardware aspect of the board is examined with an isolated electrical diagram showing its specific connections to the MCU so that you can understand the hardware and thus learn how to use the information in your own designs.

For beginners, this tutorial is a great companion to the PICBASIC PRO Compiler and LAB-X1 Experimenter Board.  If you're looking for a complete beginner's package, purchase this book and the  Developer's Bundle, which includes PBP, LAB-X1, melabs Programmer, and the 16F877A.  

The book is also useful for those who are learning PICBASIC PRO without the benefit of the LAB-X1.  The circuits from the LAB-X1 are diagramed in detail to aid in understanding the PBP example programs.

For those not having a fast internet connection, the included CD ROM  provides copies of all the data sheets and related information needed. These include listing of all the sample programs in the manual, a free demo compiler and  more. Short book reviews are included for those interest in further learning.

  • Detailed sections on each of the input and output capabilities of the LAB-X1
  • Laid out in an easy to understand, progressive, learning sequence.
  • Extensive discussion of the operation and use of the keyboard, the 2 line display, the timers and the interrupts.
  • All programming examples are in written in the powerful, easy to use and easy to understand PICBASIC PRO Compiler language.
  • All learning will transfer to almost the entire line of PIC microcontrollers with minimal effort.

An excerpt from the "Timers and Counters" section:

"Most users will find that using timers and counters is the hardest part of learning how to use PIC microcontrollers. With this in mind, we will proceed in a step by step manner and build up the programs in pieces that are easier to digest. Once you get comfortable with their set up procedures, you will find that they are not so intimidating.

We will cover timers and counters separately. Counters are essentially timers that get their clock input from an outside source. There are two counters in the 16F877A and they are associated with Timer0 and Timer1. Timer2 cannot be used as a counter.

Note: The clock frequency utilized by the timers is a fourth of the oscillator frequency. This is the frequency of the instruction clock. This means that the counters are affected by every fourth count of the main oscillator. The frequency is referred to as Fosc/4 in the literature. When responding to an external clock signal the response is to the actual frequency."

189 pages, includes CDROM

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