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Flowcode PWM with Microchip PIC

I’m trying to get back in the swing of producing videos. here’s my latest stab at showing you how to generate PWM signals with your Microchip PIC and Flowcode. As always, when I watch these I wished that I had added a few things as well as pulled a couple of things out. But that’s my nature and what holds me back from posting more. I’m trying to get over it…lol.

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.

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 PICKit 2

If you’re a fan of Flowcode you probably enjoy the simpler things in life like I do.  If that’s true you’re really going to love how easy it is to get your PICKit 2 working with Flowcode.  Simply go to the top menu and select CHIP>Compiler Options…

Complier Options Menu

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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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