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Reading Switches With PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

Reading Switches With PIC Microcontroller – Flowcode

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Switches are digital inputs and are widely used in electronic projects as most systems need to respond to user commands or sensors.

The simplest form of a user command is by switching on and off a switch, this is a good example of a digital input which is basically anything that makes or breaks a single connection, or something that can have only two states: On or Off, High or Low, 0V or +5V etc.
Connecting a switch is very useful because a switch can represent a wide range of digital devices in real world like limit sensors, level switches, proximity switches, keypads (a combination of switches) etc.
With flowcode it is very easy to connect a switch to any PORT of microcontroller all you need to do is to click on a switch component and then drag and drop an Input Icon on the flowchart.

Let us create a circuit as shown on the figure above:

  • Two coloured LEDs (Red and Green) are connected to PORTD.
  • Two toggle switches are connected to PORTC.
  • If a switch is closed, it corresponding LED will switch ON.
  • 10K resistors are used as pull up resistors and 220 as series resistor for the LEDs.
  • Note that the MCLR pin is also connected to the supply voltage via a 10K resistor and external oscillator created by X1 is also used instead of internal oscillator.

—>>Start a new project select two LEDs (Red and Green) connect them to PORTD.
—>>Select a Switch component from the components tool bar.

—>> select a switch then click on the “….” next to connections properties to open its connection properties.

Connect the first switch to PORTC Bit 0 and the second one to PORTC Bit 1.
—>>Click again on the “….” next to the Ext Properties to edit the switch properties:

Type: You can select either a Toggle switch, Push button, Slide, Rocker, Rotary or you can customise your own.

Switch Operation: Controls how the switch on the panel behaves when it is pressed.

Latching – Switch stays in the state it is currently in until manually changed by the user.

Momentary – Switch always goes back to the default state after the switch has been released by the user.
Polarity: configures if the switch creates a logical 1 when pressed (Active High) or a logical 0 when pressed (Active Low).
Debounce: The switch debounce time period in milliseconds (ms).
Debounce is used with the WaitUntilLow and WaitUntilHigh macros to ensure a change has occurred rather than switch bounce or voltage irregularities.

—>>On the flowchart, insert a calculation icon and declare four variables: RED with an initial value of 1 (to switch on Red LED), GREEN with a value of 2 (for the Green LED), BOTH to switch ON both LEDs and Switch_Pressed to check which switch that was pressed.

 —>>Insert an INPUT Icon to input the state of the PORT where your switches are connected.

—>>Insert Decision Icons as learned in the Flowcode Decision article to find out which switch that was pressed.

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