The EasyStart1 Visual GLCD Kit for PIC gives you a jump start in developing graphical user interfaces using PIC microcontrollers programmed in BASIC.
The bundle consists of the following items at a discount: Please see those individual product pages for full details, downloadable documentation, etc. Note that you will have to solder headers to the Click board before you can plug it into the EasyPIC board. The headers are included loose.
EasyPIC v7 Board Overview
EasyPIC v7 is all about connectivity. It has four different connectors for each port, so you have four different ways to add accessory boards, sensors and your custom electronics. The board supports both 3.3V and 5V microcontrollers, and has an on-board PIC In-Circuit Debugger as well as an ICD socket in case you want to use an external debugger.
Every component of the board is identified with a silkscreen on both the top and bottom of the board. These marks describe connections to the microcontroller, operation modes, and additional information.
This board includes a PIC18F45K22 microcontroller in a 40-pin socket, but it features sockets for most other DIL-packaged PIC MCUs. This includes two 8-pin sockets, a 14-pin socket, two 18-pin sockets, a 20-pin socket, a 28-pin socket, and a 40-pin socket. Never plug in more than one chip at a time! The two 8-, and 18-pin sockets are there to support the different pinouts Microchip uses in those packages. Be sure to plug your chip into the correct socket, and check the user manual for VCAP and Oscillator jumper settings required for certain MCUs.
|What's on board |
|Dual power supply ||The board has a power supply unit capable of supporting both 3.3V and 5V microcontrollers. It can be powered via USB or from an external source via a barrel jack or a two-pole screw terminal. An on/off switch is provided. |
|mikroProg ICD ||This built-in programmer/debugger supports more than 250 PIC microcontrollers. It is used with the free mikroProg Suite for PIC software. Its USB port is the one that can be used to power the board (the board has three USB ports for different functions). |
|ICD2/ICD3 connector ||This RJ12 port is compatible with Microchip ICD2 and ICD3 debuggers and clones. With it, you can use your own in-circuit debugger and software combination instead of the built-in mikroProg. |
|USB connector ||This USB port can be used with microcontrollers that support USB connectivity. Jumpers allow you to set the correct ports for your microcontroller (see the user manual). The ports used by USB will be disabled from the board's port headers to avoid conflicts. |
|mikroBUS sockets ||Two mikroBUS sockets are provided. mikroBUS is a universal expansion port that mikroElektronika has developed to allow plug-and-play expansion. See the mikroBUS Category for a list of add-on boards that can be plugged into these sockets. |
|Reset button ||A high-quality Reset button with surrounding reset circuitry ensures stable reset operation. |
|RS232 connector ||You can implement UART communication through the DB9 RS232 connector provided on the board. |
|USB-UART connector ||If you don't have an RS232 port on your PC, UART communication also can be implemented via USB-UART which is achieved with an FT232RL virtual COM port driver. |
|4-digit, 7-segment display ||This multiplexed LED display allows you to display four digits and decimal points. |
|Piezo buzzer ||This piezo buzzer allows you to generate audible signals. It can be connected to two digital output pins, one of which is the PWM output. |
|DS1820 socket ||This socket is for adding the included Dallas DS18S20+ one-wire digital temperature sensor which can measure -55 to +125 degrees C with 0.5-degree accuracy. |
|LM35 socket ||This socket is for adding a National LM35 analog temperature sensor which could measure -55 to +150 degrees C with as good as 0.25-degree accuracy (near room temperature) or an LM35DZ with 0 to +100°C at ±0.6°C accuracy. LM35 not included. |
|PIC18F45K22 MCU ||The board comes with a PIC18F45K22 microcontroller in its 40-pin socket. The PIC18F45K22 has 64Kbytes program memory, 3896 bytes data memory, and supports 1.8V to 5V power. It operates at 16 MIPS and has 36 GPIO, 30 analog input, a DAC, CTMU, three 8-bit timers and four 16-bit timers. It also has two each of SPI, I2C, CCP and Comparator modules. You can replace the PIC18F45K22 with another PIC MCU. |
|PORTA ~ PORTE I/O ||On the right side of the board, each of these port I/O areas includes two 2×5 male pin headers, a 1×10 through-hole header, tri-state DIP switches to enable 4K7 pull-up or pull-down resistors on any desired port pin, a push button on each port pin, and an SMD LED with 1mA consumption on each port pin (that's 36 buttons and 36 LEDs). |
|Additional port I/O ||Additional 2×5 male headers for each port are provided on the left side of the board for your convenience. Note that the mikroElektronika accessory boards with 2×5 female IDC10 connectors can not be used here because of the pinout. They should be used on the right-side port I/O areas. |
|2×16-character LCD connector ||A connector is provided for adding the included alphanumeric display. A plastic spacer is included to allow secure placement. |
|128×64-pixel GLCD connector ||A connector also is provided for the included graphical LCD with touchscreen. A plastic spacer also is included. A 4-wire resistive touchpanel connector and controller is on board too. |
|GLCD/LCD backlight control ||GLCD and LCD backlight can be driven by a PWM signal or can be turned to full brightness. |
|GLCD/LCD contrast control ||Separate potentiometers allow you to adjust the contrast levels of your GLCD and LCD individually. |
|ADC potentiometers ||Two potentiometers allow you to simulate analog inputs. They can be connected to each of the 10 supported MCU analog input pins. |
|I2C EEPROM ||You can store 8×256 bytes of configuration or other data in the 24AA01 Serial EEPROM on the board. |
|Crystal oscillator ||The included 8MHz oscillator provides an external clock for the microcontroller's OSC pins. |
|Ground pins ||Three ground pins are placed around the board so you can connect a GND reference with an oscilloscope probe wherever is most convenient for the task at hand. |
There are more than 160 accessory boards you can find among the mikroElektronika Accessory Boards category and its subcategories that contain add-ons that plug into the IDC10 and mikroBUS interfaces on the EasyPIC board.
Visual GLCD Overview Visual GLCD is a standalone application used for rapid development of graphical user interfaces for GLCD displays. It implements an intuitive environment and many drag-and-drop components which can be used for building applications easily and fast. The software generates code compatible with all mikroElektronika compilers for all supported MCU architectures — PIC, dsPIC30/33, PIC24, PIC32, ARM, AVR.
Upgrades to the Visual GLCD software are free for life.
Please review the Visual GLCD Order Page for a detailed list of features, documentation, and a downloadable demo version.
mikroBASIC for PIC Overview mikroBASIC PRO for PIC is a full-featured BASIC compiler for Microchip PIC 12/16/18 devices. It features an intuitive IDE, a powerful compiler, lots of hardware and software libraries, and additional tools that will help you in your work. The compiler comes with a comprehensive Help file (700 pages) and lots of ready-to-use examples designed to get you started in no time.
Each compiler license includes free upgrades and tech support for the lifetime of the product. The software features a Live Update service so you can get new features and improvements instantly.
The compiler is designed to be smart and efficient, so you can rely on it to do the hard work. It features four levels of optimizations that can reduce your code size up to 20 percent.
Please review the mikroBASIC Order Page for a detailed list of features, documentation, and a downloadable demo version.
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