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Introduction to Programming Microcontrollers with Flowcode V6

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Flowcode is one of the World’s most advanced graphical programming languages for microcontrollers. It allows you to create complex microcontroller applications with advanced peripheral interfacing which make it easy to connect wide range of devices such as switches, LCD displays, analogue sensors, SD cards, Real time clocks, RS232/RS485, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth and so on by just dragging and dropping icons onto a flowchart. No prior knowledge of programming is required to start this course but a basic knowledge of PIC microcontrollers is necessary. In this article we are going to get a quick introduction to Flowcode v6.

Sending SMS Text Message using PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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A GSM modem is a wireless modem that works with a GSM wireless network. GSM stands for Global System for Mobile communications, this architecture is used for mobile communication in most of the countries in the world. A wireless modem acts basically like the traditional dial-up modem, the main difference is that a dial-up modem sends and receives data through a fixed telephone line while a wireless modem sends and receives data through radio waves. Besides the dial-up connection, GSM modem can also be used for sending and receiving SMS which is also one of the key features of GSM modem. In this article we are going to learn how to send an SMS text Message from a PIC Microcontroller using Flowcode for PIC.

Interfacing GSM/GPRS Modem with PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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A GSM modem is a wireless modem that works with a GSM wireless network. GSM stands for Global System for Mobile communications, this architecture is used for mobile communication in most of the countries in the world. A wireless modem acts basically like the traditional dial-up modem, the main difference is that a dial-up modem sends and receives data through a fixed telephone line while a wireless modem sends and receives data through radio waves. Besides the dial-up connection, GSM modem can also be used for sending and receiving SMS which is also one of the key features of GSM modem. A GSM modem can be used in many applications including: Remote System Monitoring, Remote Controlling System, Prepaid Electricity, Home Alarm System, Home Automation, Data loggers, Vehicle tracking, etc. In this article we are going to learn the basics commands to control a GSM modem with a PIC Microcontroller, including sending and receiving an SMS using Flowcode.

Digital Thermometer – Flowcode

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Temperature sensors are very important in many projects especially in temperature logging devices and alarms. In this article we are going to design a digital thermometer using Flowcode. This digital thermometer is built around the LM35 which is a precision integrated-circuit temperature sensor whose output voltage is linearly proportional to the Celsius (Centigrade) temperature. Its output changes by 10 mV per °C so there is no need for calibration. It can measure a wide range of temperature from −55 to +150°C

Getting Started with ENC28J60 Ethernet Controller with Microcontrollers

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Ethernet is the leading wired standard for networking as it enables to connect a very large number of computers, microcontrollers and other computer-based equipment to one another. With just a network switch, many different devices can easily communicate with one another with Ethernet, allowing different devices and equipment to be accessed remotely and this also provides a cost-effective and reliable means of remote control and monitoring, home automation, Internet of Things applications and many more. If you are using a microcontroller which does not have an integrated Ethernet peripheral, Microchip offers a serial Ethernet chip that can easily be used by any microcontroller with an SPI interface to provide Ethernet capability to the application. many compilers offer peripheral libraries to get you started in minutes.

Ethernet Communication with PIC Microcontroller

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In this series of PIC Microcontroller Communication, after learning on how PIC Microcontroller Communication with I2C, SPI, RS232 and USB can be achieved, in this article we are going to discuss the concepts of Ethernet Communication with PIC Microcontroller. When it comes to communication involving wires, Ethernet is the leading wired standard for networking as it enables to connect a very large number of computers, microcontrollers and other computer-based equipment to each other. With just a switch, many different devices can easily communicate with one another with Ethernet, allowing devices and equipment to be accessed remotely and provides a cost-effective and reliable means of monitoring or controlling such equipment, for example a person could monitor several vending machines located in different places which can be several kilometers apart from the PC at the conform of your desk. A simple online interface to the vending machines can allow you to monitor everything from the internet.

USB Serial Communication with PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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Many computers especially portable ones do not have a serial port (COM Port) anymore. When a connection to a Personal Computer (PC) is required, a USB is the choice. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the widely used interface in electronic consumer products today. Most of electronic devices have at least one USB port on them, this include PCs, cameras, GPS devices, printers and so on. In this article we are going to learn how to set up a serial communication between a microcontroller and a PC using a USB port by creating a virtual COM Port. Some PIC18 microcontrollers support USB interface directly. For example, the PIC18F25K50, PIC18F4450 and PIC18F4550 microcontrollers just to name a few all have a full-speed compatible USB interface that allows communication between a host PC and the microcontroller. The USB bus is a very complex protocol. Flowcode provides a component for USB Serial ,The USB Serial device is used to stream data between a microcontroller and a PC.

USB Communication with PIC Microcontroller

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Many computers especially portable ones do not have a serial port (COM Port) anymore. When a connection to a Personal Computer (PC) is required, a USB is the choice. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the widely used interface in electronic consumer products today. Most of electronic devices have at least one USB port on them, this include PCs, cameras, GPS devices, printers and so on. Some PIC18 microcontrollers support USB interface directly. 16bits (PIC24) and 32-bits (PIC32) pic microcontrollers have also an embedded USB interface. In this article we will learn how a communication between a host PC and a microcontroller can be achieved with a USB bus.

Interfacing SD Card with a PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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A memory card is a solid-state electronic data storage device used for storing digital information. They are commonly used in many electronic devices, including digital cameras, mobile phones, laptop computers, MP3 players etc. They are small, re-writable and are able to retain data without power. This ability to retain data and the ability to re-write many times is the key for flash memory card applications, for example, in digital cameras, where the saved pictures are not lost after the memory card is removed from the camera. Flowcode provides a component for MMC/SDC routines, the FAT Component. This component can be used with any SD / MMC card that is formatted to the FAT16 or FAT32 file structure.

RS232 Serial Communication with PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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RS232 serial communication is one of the oldest communication where data is sent or received one bit at a time. This protocol can easily be used to communicate between a PC and various devices supporting this type of protocol like PIC microcontrollers, GPS, GSM modem etc. While other interfaces like Ethernet, FireWire, and USB all send data as a serial stream, the term "serial port" usually identifies hardware more or less compliant to the RS-232 standard, intended to interface with a modem or with a similar communication device. The Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) controller is the key component of the serial communications between a device and a PC or between devices. UART is also a common integrated feature in most microcontrollers today which is useful for communicating serial data (text, numbers, etc.) to your PC. In this article we're going to learn how to use the RS232 communication with Flowcode.