PIC Prototyping Basics: Introduction

Project Info
Author: Chris
Difficulty: Easy
Time Invested: 1 Hours

Take a look at the above
tutorials before continuing
to read this project.
           Using development boards for prototyping is great for beginning, however there comes a time when you need to design your own circuit on your own board. The PIC makes this an easy and painless task and in this tutorial we'll find out exactly how to do this.

           This tutorial will cover:
1. PIC Breadboarding.
2. A Basic Power Circuit.
3. A Basic Programming Circuit.

           It is highly recommended that you understand how to program a PIC before continuing with this tutorial. I have a tutorial written that explains this process. Take a quick look through it if you're not familiar with the PIC Microcontroller.

The PIC Microcontroller

The TINY ICD2 Programmer

Purpose of this project
           The purpose of this project is to explain how to layout a PIC on a breadboard so that it works and how you can add additional programming circuitry so that you can program the PIC in-circuit.
           The advantage to making our own breadboard or wirewrap designs is that we can make the layout exactly as we want it with no extra or unnecessary components. Development boards often have a clutter of devices or components that we don't need and don't use.