• Our instructable shows how to create a generic board of PIC18 micro-controller which is further used in advanced embedded projects as there is a number of PIC micro-controller applications .e.g. microwave ovens, multimedia devices, medical and health based equipment e.g. blood-pressure meter, UPS, Power supplies, burglar alarms & detectors and other security and safety equipment.
  • Now the question arises why we use PIC18 micro-controller? So the reason behind choosing PIC 18 series is that these controllers dramatically enhance the PIC core as the number of instructions are more than doubled with 16-bit instruction word, there are more external interrupts, radically different approach to memory structures, with increased memory size, enhanced address generation for program and data memory and bigger stack, with some user access and control. And PIC micro-controller is fast and easy to implement program when we compare other micro-controllers like 8051. The ease of programming and easy to interfacing with other peripherals PIC became successful micro-controller.
  • why we choose to design a PCB for our project is because it has a lot of advantages such as all of the PCB components are fixed, there is a minimal chance of short circuits and wrong wiring, since it is computer generated, one can create uniform printed circuit boards using the same schematic layout. Thus, creating boards that are identical is effortless to make. The generic board of PIC 18 micro-controller is a low cost demo board for evaluation of PIC18 MCU families. PIC 18 is 8-bit architecture and has three different families standard PIC18, PIC18 J-series and PIC18 K-series so it is highest performance micro-controller. So our generic board supports various general purpose PIC 18 families.

Step 1: Components for Proteus Simulation and Making PCB.

  • PIC18F452 Micro-Controller
  • MAX232 (Multichannel RS232 Driver/Receiver industry standard)
  • 74LS245 (Octal bus Transceiver)
  • PIC18FXXX DIP40 Locking Socket
  • 7805 (5V fixed 1A Positive Power Supply Regulator)
  • BUTTON (SPST Push Button)
  • Capacitor (Generic non- electrolytic capacitor)
  • Serial Port Connector CONN-D9M (9 Pin male D-Type)
  • CONN-SIL2 (0.1 in pitch SIL connector strip)
  • 3 pin Female Header CONN-SIL3 (0.1 in pitch SIL connector strip)
  • 8 pin Female Header CONN-SIL8 (0.1 in pitch SIL connector strip)
  • CRYSRTAL (Quartz Crystal)
  • LED-BARGRAPH-RED (Red LED Bargraph Display)
  • LED-RED (Animated LED Model(red))
  • RES (Generic resistor symbol)
  • RESPACK-8 (8 way resistor pack with common)
  • Jumper Wires

Step 2: List of Materials for Making PCB

    • Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
    • Glossy Paper
    • PCB Designs
    • Iron
    • Ferric Chloride
    • Drill Machine
    • Laser printer
    • Soldering Wire
    • Solder

    Step 3: Proteus Simulation PCB Designing (Software)

    • We run a proteus simulation for our project first because it can further take us to PCB layout

    First of all the given video can show you how to make a proteus project, schematic capture of the development board and PCB Layout.

    • Now first select all the above mentioned devices
    • Then place them to develop a schematic capture
    • The wiring is shown in the figure where all the four ports of PIC18F452 are connected with 74LS245 which is an octal bus transceivers that are designed for asynchronous two-way communication between data buses. Then these 74LS245 transceivers are connected with LED Bars which is a 10 segment bar graph they are 10 individual red LEDs housed together, each with an individual anode and cathode connection and these LED Bars are further connected with RES-PACK-8(8 way resistor pack with common) while CONN-SIL8 is connected in between them.
    • CONN-D9M is connected with MAX232 which is used in Serial communication it basically provides communication through a serial port, this is a versatile IC which is one of those wonderful components that solve so many signal conversion problems. The T1IN pin max232(input of transmitter data) is connected with pin 5 PORT C of PIC18F452.
    • A Quartz Crystal along with two capacitors of 22pF is connected with pin 13 OSC1/CLK1 and pin 14 OSC2/CLK0 of PIC18F452.
    • A regulated power supply is very much essential for several electronic devices due to the semiconductor material employed in them have a fixed rate of current as well as voltage. So we use linear voltage regulator 7805 along with capacitors of 1nF. The input and output pins of the regulator are connected with CONN-SIL2
    • We have one port on PIC18F452 with three input/outpur registers for them we use separate LEDs and connect them with three respective resistors of 220 and in between them there is CONN-SIL3 and the LEDs are grounded from the other side.
    • After this run the proteus file in order to check wiring errors

    After watching the video or following every step demonstrated in the video you can easily built your proteus simulation.

    Step 4: PCB Designing (Hardware)

    • Print out the Layout of your Development board on Glossy Paper.Make sure you have laser printer for printing a layout.
    • For PCB board first we apply liquid soap on the board. Then we rub it with scotch-brite till it gets shiny. Then we soak it with water and clean it with the cloth.
    • Now to transfer the design onto the board for this purpose we can put glossy paper upside down on Printed Circuit Board. now press the board by using iron on its maximum heat setting. press it for atleast 20 to 30 minutes. make sure your glossy paper cannot be slipped on it.
    • After this step we wash the board till all the paper completely gets removed. Make sure don’t remove the lines. And darken the non transferred lines with permanent marker.
    • now you can see that your layout is printed on it.For etching pour ferric chloride in the boiling water and put the board in it.
    • When the copper from the board is removed then etching is done, wash the board.
    • Use steel wool to remove the toner and then PCB is ready.
    • Use drill machine to drill (0.8mm or 1mm Drill bit). After drilling attach all the components on the PCB using soldering.
    • Make sure the connecting paths are not short and the paths are clear.
    • Use Digital Multi-Meter to check the short and incomplete connections of copper.
    • If any connection is NOT complete, make it complete by using Soldering wire and solder them.

    Now your complete PCB is Ready to test... !!

    Step 5: Testing or Burning Program in PIC18F452 Development Board

    Now for testing purpose we program our PIC18F452, we can write a program in software named 'MPLAB IDE'
    Now we can simulate our MPLAB project.
    Now in the directory of your MPLAB .HEX file is made.
    Upload .HEX file into your PIC18F452 Micro-Controller using Micro C.
    for more detail visit following link.


    attach file have assemble code to blink the port B of the Micro-Controller.

    so finally it works... !! :)

    <p>Nice, this board looks good and very useful. Thanks for sharing! </p>

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