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Teaching Pic Microcontroller In Eet Program

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Curriculum Development in Electrical ET

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10.1224.1 - 10.1224.11



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William Lehman

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Chung-Ling Huang

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Muniyappa Venkatesha

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Asad Yousuf

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Teaching PIC microcontroller in EET Program

Asad Yousuf, Savannah State University William Lehman, Advanced Systems and Materials Muniyappa Venkatesha, Savannah Technical College Chung-Ling Huang, Southern University


In our Electronics Engineering Technology program at Savannah State University, we have been teaching the Motorola 68HC11 Microcontroller for the last decade. However, the trends in microcontroller technology have changed to provide faster and more robust systems. This demand has led to sophisticated microcontroller architecture. Microchip technology has designed several low cost PIC (Peripheral Interface Controller) microcontrollers.

To meet the demands of this new trend we have decided to teach the Microchip 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. However, before making this transition several factors such as textbook, hardware and software tools must be specified to implement the course in a real working environment.

In an effort to teach students the PIC microcontroller, the Electronics Engineering Technology Department has developed a course in which emphasis is directed towards the PIC microcontroller in addition to the traditional concepts of the MC68HC11. This paper will discuss the course outline, laboratory equipment, and embedded design example with the PIC18F452 microcontroller.


Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Science Technology curricula each requires two courses for the study of microprocessor and Microcontroller. Conventionally, the microprocessor course was designed to introduce the basic concepts in microprocessor system based design followed by a Microcontroller course, which covered the advanced topics and concepts of microcontroller interfacing. For the last decade we have been teaching the INTEL 80586 microprocessor in our Microprocessor course and the Motorola 8-bit 68HC11 microcontroller in our microcontroller course. However, over the past few years, we have seen numerous changes in the microprocessor and 8-microcontroller market. Motorola stopped the development of its popular 8-bit 68HC11 microcontroller for about ten years. With advancement in technology, modern system design requires the use of advanced microcontroller chip and tools.

Several new companies have emerged in the 8-bit microcontroller area to meet the complex design requirements. To fulfill the demands of the new technology more and more universities and colleges have shifted from teaching the traditional 68HC11 microcontroller to teach the Microchip PIC microcontrollers. To meet the design Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Lehman, W., & Huang, C., & Venkatesha, M., & Yousuf, A. (2005, June), Teaching Pic Microcontroller In Eet Program Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15464

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