This is a bundle package that includes the following items at a significant discount:
Flow Chart Programming for Microchip PIC24/dsPIC Microcontrollers
Flowcode 6 is both a CAD program and a very high-level language programming system for PIC24 and dsPIC microcontrollers based on flowcharts. Flowcode allows you to design and simulate complex PIC-based robotics and control systems by simply drawing a flow chart of your desired program in a matter of minutes, even without any prior programming skills.
Flowcode is a powerful language that uses macros to facilitate the control of complex devices like 7-segment displays, motor controllers and LCDs. The use of macros allows you to control highly complex electronic devices without getting bogged down in understanding the programming involved.
The Professional version includes all functions, components, full code compilation size and is licensed for commercial use.
For more detailed description, see Flowcode's separate order page.
PIC24/dsPIC MCU Programmer and E-Blocks Processing Module
This E-blocks PIC24/dsPIC USB multiprogrammer and development board acts as "the heart" of any E-blocks system. It provides up to 5 output ports and regulated 5V power outputs (up to 400mA max) from a single voltage source to connect, power and control other E-block modules. By connecting additional E-block modules, this board can be expanded into a complete customized solution for development or training purposes.
This dsPIC/PIC24 microcontroller multiprogrammer connects to your PC via USB and will program a wide range of 18, 20, 28 and 40 pin PIC24F, PIC24H, dsPIC30 and dsPIC33 devices. It presents the microcontroller I/O on up to 5 D-type sockets for E-blocks connection. The board takes power from an external power supply or from the USB port. It is compatible with the In Circuit Debug features of Flowcode 4 and above. A Microchip PICkit socket provides alternative reprogramming and debugging techniques. A dsPIC30F2011 device is included.
See E-Blocks PIC24/dsPIC USB Multiprogrammer's order page for more information on this product.
8 LEDs for E-blocks systems
This board contains eight LEDs — one for each line on the E-blocks port. When connected to an E-block processor board it can be used to visually monitor an output port's logical status. An additional downstream port connector enables another E-block module to be connected to the same port. The board's LEDs are on when the connected port pin is "1" and off when the corresponding port pin is "0". Each high-efficiency LED draws approx. 8mA at 5Vcc when on (560 Ohm resistor to Vcc).
More information can be found on the E-Blocks LED Board's order page.
E-Blocks board with 8 Push-to-Make-Contact Switches
This simple switch panel contains 8 push-to-make-contact switches — one for each line on the E-blocks port. It contains both an upstream E-blocks connector, for connection to a processing module, and a downstream E-blocks connector, which can be used to connect to other E-blocks modules, forming an 8-line bus.
This switch circuit board assumes that to operate correctly, each input on the upstream processor board will be configured as a high-impedance input. With this in mind, each circuit consists of a 4k7 pull-down resistor which, when the switch is open, ensures a logic level 0 at the output from the switch board and processor input pin. When a switch is pressed, the output from the switch board is connected effectively to a 390-ohm resistor to the positive rail (usually 5V), or to logic 1. When the switch is pressed, the effect of the 4k7 pull-down resistor in each circuit can be deemed to be negligible. The board requires a +5V connection, which can be achieved easily by running a wire to an E-blocks processing module.
A detailed description on this product can be found in E-Blocks 8 Push Button Board's order page.
2-line, 16-character display for E-blocks systems
This 2-line, 16-character alphanumeric LCD with contrast control uses 6 lines of an E-blocks port to allow the display of numbers and characters. The LCD is fully supported within the Flowcode flowchart programming software, which makes adding an LCD character display to your application as easy as placing a single flowchart symbol and typing in the text message you want to display.
The LCD Module uses a Samsung KS0066U controller, which is similar to the Hitachi HD44780 controller.
More information can be found on the E-Blocks 2x16 LCD Board's order page.