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PIC in Practice, 2nd Edition by David W Smith

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Programming the 16F84 microcontroller

Microcontrollers are now providing us with a new way of designing circuits. Designs, which at one time required many Digital ICs and lengthy Boolean Algebra calculations, can now be programmed simply into one Micro controller. For example a set of traffic lights would have required an oscillator circuit, counting and decoding circuits plus an assortment of logic gate ICs.

In order to use this exciting new technology we must learn how to program these Microcontrollers.

The Microcontroller I have chosen to start with is the 16F84-04/P, which means it is a flash device that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed without using an Ultra Violet Eraser. It can be used up to an oscillation frequency of 4MHz ...

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