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2019/07/09 16:29:27 (permalink)
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What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building

Hello, I was wondering if anyone out there might be able to recommend a list of components to buy with your first pic microcontroller (things like resistors, crystals, and other required components for most projects) also any kits out there that have a decent assortment of components usually used in pic microcontroller circuits. Please do not recommend development boards as I feel they defeat the purpose of learning circuit building.
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 12:11:48 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Jack8523394 2019/07/14 07:56:50
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Modern PICs don't need much - 0.1uF decoupling capacitors, sometimes 10uF capacitors for Vcap, some resistors - 1k, 10k, some sort of ICSP connector. This is enough to run a PIC on a breadboard.
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 12:27:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Jack8523394 2019/07/14 07:47:56
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I would not dismiss development boards out of hand.  They are (relatively) inexpensive and can show you good (maybe even best) practices for circuit development.  For example, if you are going to be using crystals for precise frequency control, a dev board with a crystal can show you how to place the crystal and its capacitors relative to the PIC.  They will also show you how critical it is to have the bypass capacitors right at the device pins.
 
Given that the basic 8-bit Curiosity board is only $20 that could be a good investment.

The other thing to do is download the documentation for various development boards.  They give you schematics, parts lists, and sometimes even Gerber files.  Study these for ideas on the components and circuits needed to design various functions to go along with your PIC.
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 12:43:50 (permalink)
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I start my new projects with a development board with a similar/better processor and as many features as I will use.
I model my board on the development board as a starting point.
I can always leave parts off my copy.
I try to make my board similar enough that I can bring it up with the development sample programs to shortcut trouble shooting.
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 13:38:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Jack8523394 2019/07/14 07:57:15
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You might do well to get an Arduino kit which has a wide variety of modules and discrete parts. Here is one that is very extensive for about $40:
https://www.banggood.com/Mega-2560-The-Most-Complete-Ultimate-Starter-Kit-For-Arduino-Mega2560-UNO-Nano-p-1250232.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=USA
 

 
You might be able to program the AVR chip using MPLABX and XC8 or assembly, although it will be somewhat different from PICs. Or you could use a PIC with the components provided. The Arduino itself is only about $5.
 
There are also many component kits available for around $10:
https://www.banggood.com/Electronic-Components-Base-Starter-Kits-For-Arduino-p-1210603.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
 

 
Such kits are very cost effective compared to purchasing individual components, unless you plan to make multiple pieces of projects. You can also do quite a lot with soldered breadboards, wire wrap wire, and SMT components.
 


 
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 13:42:13 (permalink)
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Basic circuit design and learning to program microcontrollers at the same time, I wouldn't dismiss development boards especially cheaper ones like the curiosity or even the Xpress board. Thry can be helpful even if you decide the breadboard route.
Debugging a not working code is one thing while troubleshooting poor designs, loose wires on breadboard is something else.
You can also add voltage regulators to your list and possibly some few sensors, displays, some inputs etc.

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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 19:35:32 (permalink)
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Buy a decent PICKIT 3 or 4 preferably not off ebay !
 
 
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Re: What components to buy to get started with pic programming and circuit building 2019/07/10 22:29:52 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Jack8523394 2019/07/14 08:01:01
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My approach was to buy a couple good books and follow the author's recommendations.  Often an author will build the entire book around a single Dev Board.  Other authors show you how to build various projects from scratch, using perf boards and the like.  Some books will favor the analog side, while most assume you already know that (or won't be dealing with that side of things).  I'd recommend looking through Amazon for titles that interest you.  Be sure to read the reviews as some authors are better at writing their ad script than the actual book.

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