How, what, why...PIC?

I've seen PIC microcontrollers on the internet and I'm not exactly sure what they do. Are they like Arduinos except you can remove the microchip you programmed and put it in a circuit you made? Is that how it works? Can someone tell me please?!?!?!?!

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Its another microcontroller, some have internal bootloaders like the Arduino configured ATmega328 or whatever. Its also a very cheap ucontroller. Steve
Adum24 (author)  steveastrouk6 years ago
But can u remove the microchip and use it in a project? I mean is it intended for that or no? (Could u also do this on an arduino?)
I've actually seen an instructible about using an arduino to program an ATmega chip and use it offboard. Here it is:

I've used PICs a lot and I can see the difference confusing people. Microcontrollers like PICs, AVRs and Parallax Propellers are programmable microchips, they have a wide array of features, an Arduino is a programmable microcontroller (an ATmel or ATmega in the case of the arduino mega) in a development board with the USB connection a power regulator built in to make it easy to program and run. But all you have to do to use the microcontroller chip by itself is get or build a programmer, and learn to connect the 3 to 7 wires, depending on chip and model, and to make your own regulated power supply. Arduinos are nice because they only have one popular programming language, but all the other microcontrollers have a decent amount of source available for their more popular languages.

If your interested I suggest getting a PicKit 2 or 3 and some common pics maybe an 18F1320, which has 18 pins or a 18F4550 which has 40 pins and a usb module and trying it out. Or if you prefer AVR and Propeller have their starter kits as well.
Adum24 (author)  PaulMakesThings6 years ago
Ok thnx
Yes, you probably can.
I personally like the PICs because of their size and cost. Take the PIC12F675, for example. It has 8 pins, a built in power supply, and it only costs $0.50!! PICs are also used in commercial products. The Parallax Basic Stamp 2 is powered by a custom made PIC, and has been very reliable to me for 2 years now. Basicly, it's a cheaper alternative to the arduino, basic stamp, and MSP430s