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Flowcode / CHIPINO Video Introduction Tutorial

Hey folks, quick video tutorial on getting your CHIPINO working with Flowcode.   This is the first video I have ever made in my life so please take it easy on me!  I’m planning on doing more in the future and hopefully with a little practice they’ll get better.

CHIPINO Assembly Instructions

1. Insert 28 pin socket in U1 location and solder. Make sure the “U” shape in the top of the socket lines up with the tiny “U” in the circuit board outline, see also step 17.

2. Insert R1 (1k) and R2 (10k) in place and solder. They can insert in either direction. Clip off the excess leads.

3. Insert C1 (0.1µF) , C4 and C5 (22pF) in place and solder. They are not polarized, so they can go in either direction. Clip off the excess leads.

4. Insert LED into D1 position and solder. Make sure the flat mark on the LED lines up with the silkscreen on the board. Clip off the excess leads.

5. Insert Slide Switch in Ext. Pwr location and solder in place. It can insert in either direction.

6. Insert momentary switch in S1 location and solder in place. It can insert in either direction. Clip off the excess leads.

7. Insert crystal in X1 location and solder. It can insert in either direction. Clip off the excess leads. CHIPINO Assembly Instructions

8. Insert the 100µF in C2 and C3 location with the positive leads in line with the “+” marking on the circuit board as shown in the picture below. Solder in place. Clip off the excess leads.

9. Bend the leads of the 7805 5V Regulator at 90 degree angle so it will insert flat on the circuit board at location U3 as shown to the right. Solder in place. Clip off the excess leads.

10. Insert 6pin 90° Header in ICSP Programmer location and solder leads in place. Clip off the excess leads.

11. Insert 2.1mm Power Port in place and solder. You will have to hold it to the board while you solder.

12. Insert MCP1700 in place at the U2 location. Make sure the flat side of the part lines up with the flat marking on the circuit board. Solder the part in place. Clip off the excess leads.

13. Insert three 3-pin header in the 3V/5V holes next to U2. Solder them in place.

14. Install jumper at the 5V position of 3-pin header you just installed.

15. Insert the 6 pin headers at the power rail and the Analog rail. Solder in place. Make sure they align straight. Clip off the excess leads.

16. Insert the 8 pin headers at the Digital rails. Solder in place. Make sure they align straight. Clip off the excess leads.

17. Insert the microcontroller into the 28 pin socket. Make sure the “U” shape in the top of the socket lines up with the tiny “U” in the circuit board outline per the drawing above to the right.

So what’s a CHIPINO?

The CHIPINOOk, let’s talk a little CHIPINO.  What the heck is this thing you ask?  According to the developer over at Brockway Engineering it’s …

…an electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, students, technicians, engineers and anyone else interested in creating interactive gadgets.

Well, that’s pretty cool but you probably want a little more detail than that.  The CHIPINO is an option to consider if you’re interested in what the Arduino can do but you’re more of a PIC person.  The Arduino is built on the Atmel microcontroller while the CHIPINO is built around a Microchip PIC.  It comes with a 28 lead PDIP PIC16F886 onboard but you can change that out for other 28 lead 8bit PIC.  The CHIPINO has the pins brought out to the edge of the board in an Arudino style arrangement.  In fact, you can even use Arduino sheilds on the CHIPINO.

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Setting up Flowcode to work with your CHIPINO

In order to get your Flowcode to work with your CHIPINO you’ll need to make a couple of adjustments to the project options and Chip settings in Flowcode.  This is really easy to do and will only take a moment at the beginning of each project.  If you do what I do, you usually open an existing project and save it as a new one and your setup is already done.  But still, you need to do this the first time as well as know how to change the settings in the event you want a different chip in your CHIPINO.  Yes!  You can change out the chip that comes with it and exchange for another Microchip 28ld PDIP.   That’s one of the really cool things about working with both CHIPINO and Flowcode, everythings is pretty darn simple and flexible.

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