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MicroTRAK Development Platform with PIC18F458, Keypad, LCD US$279.00

MicroTRAK Development Platform with PIC18F458, Keypad, LCD

The purpose of the PIC Training Lab is to familiarize the student with developing practical applications using the Microchip PIC18F458 microcontroller. This kit includes training manuals and example projects.

You also can switch to other microcontroller architectures inexpensively through the modular MicroTRAK system.

MicroTRAK Overview

Whether developing a new project with or learning about microcontrollers, you will find MicroTRAK a highly versatile training system with support for microcontroller systems such as 8051, AVR, ARM, MSP430, PIC, Basic Stamp, and others.

MicroTRAK supports an array of peripheral boards and includes practical examples for C, BASIC and Assembly Language Programming, Keypad and LCD interfacing, I2C bus, Serial port programming, Motor control, Analog-to-Digital Conversion and many other fun and instructive projects.

MicroTRAK serves not only as a training kit but also as a rapid project development tool. Select a microcontroller board for the microcontroller family that you are familiar with, download software development tools, plug the peripheral boards and/or display/keypad for your project to the MicroTRAK carrier board, and you are near a tangible proof-of-concept for your project.

Retain your initial investment in your training kit when moving to a different microcontroller family. Simply change the microcontroller board and the optional I/O Module. All cables, carrier board, power supply, peripheral boards, keypad, LCD, etc. remain the same.

PIC Training Lab Contents


  • MicroTRAK Carrier Board
  • PICIO Module
  • MINI-MAX/P18 microcontroller board
  • TB-1 Training Board
  • PROTO-1 Prototyping Board
  • 2-line by 24-character LCD with blacklight
  • 44 Matrix Keypad
  • Serial cable
  • 6V DC power adapter


  • Microchip Development System
  • Built-in serial loaders and terminal
  • Example projects

PIC Training Kit Resources

Available Peripheral Boards

Expand your system with the following compatible peripherals:
  • MMC-RTC-1 MultiMediaCard and Real-Time Clock
  • RAM-1 512K Static RAM and 512K Flash Memory
  • TH-1-1820 — Digital Temperature Sensor
  • TH-1-SHT — Temperature/Humidity Sensor
  • DAQ-2543-DA-1 11 ch. 12-bit ADC, 1 ch. 10-bit DAC
  • DAQ-128 8 ch. 12-bit ADC, 1 ch. 10-bit DAC, Stackable, 0-4V
  • DAQ-127 8 ch. 12-bit ADC, 1 ch. 10-bit DAC, Stackable, 0-10V
  • THERMOCOUPLE-4A 4-channel thermocouple; must use with DAQ-2453 or DAQ-128 above
  • OPTO-1 8-ch. normal, 1 ch. high-speed opto-isolated input
  • DAC-8 10-bit DAC w/ I2C, 8 analog outputs
  • OLED-1 12864 four-bit grayscale OLED display, SPI
  • LED-1 four 7-segment LED displays), I2C
  • CB-1 wireless interfaces incl. IrDA, ZigBee, Bluetooth
  • UART-2RS232 two RS232 channels, RS485 option
  • X10-1 X10 interface
  • TW523 two-way X10 power line interface
  • BRD-RS232-TTL-1 RS232-to-TTL converter
  • DIO-1 I/O expander, 8 open/collector outputs and 12 TTL/CMOS I/O
  • RELAY-4REED four reed relays
  • RELAY-4 four power relays
  • RELAY-2 two power relays
  • MOTOR-1 stepper motor driver for four-phase unipolar
  • MOTOR-1B unipolar/bipolar motor driver, 750mA/phase, stackable
  • MOTOR-2 2x unipolar/bipolar motor driver, 2.5A/phase
  • TERMINAL-1 breaks out I/Os to screw terminals
  • Standoff Kit-1 plastic screws and spacers

Migrating to Other Microcontrollers

Rather than purchasing a whole new kit, the MicroTRAK platform allows you to learn and develop on other microcontrollers just by replacing the MINI-MAX module and, if necessary, the I/O module. You can migrate to the following, using the modules listed:

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 01 November, 2008.


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