What about a Arduino with a PIC?

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by maxpower097, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. maxpower097

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    So I see how much the Arduino has taken off and so many "shields" availible for them. What are the chances you could make an arduino with a PIC in it. Sure you would still use mplab but I'm wondering if you could get the pinout right. What would you guys think of this? Would you buy one?
     
  2. t06afre

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    Microchip should make a series with cheap more userfriendly IO boards and plugin units. All programmed with a PICkit. I think that would be a good idea. Not quite Audrino but something close to it.
     
  3. pashford

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    You could use something like a 32-bit whacker from sparkfun and then make a custom pcb to link it to the arduino footprint so you could use the shields. That would be quite a bit of work though. You could also just use an arduino with the shields to do a lot of the preprocessing and then send the result to a pic32 using i2c. For example, if you connect an IMU or ADRS shield to the arduino, you could do all the kalmann filtering etc within the arduino and just send the result to the pic32. Same idea for sensor shields,etc.
     
  4. BMorse

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    Why not come up with something based on a pic that those shields can be adapted for?? Mixing Arduino and PIC's seems like a lot of hassle..... thats almost as funny as apple and microsoft merging together!!!:D
     
  5. BMorse

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    There has already been an "Arduino" pic for some time now(been around before the Arduino came along), it is called the OOPIC (www.oopic.com) it can be prgrammed in Java, Basic, and C. It is all object oriented programming which makes it easy for people to buy most of the available sensors and module available at sparkfun or any other hobby electronics suppliers and just plug and play...... The main UC module is cheap, and the development IDE is free.....

    The best thing about this OOPIC is it also lets you do some low level stuff directly with the registers of the PIC (this of course is for more advanced users, but it is there if you need more than what their objects provide.) and it is Open Source....


    Does not require a special programmer either, just a parallel or serial port...... They provide schematics for the programming cable...

    My .02
     
  6. pashford

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    I believe that Savage Innovations has stopped producing the ooPic. In any case, the BotShop no longer has them for sale.
     
  7. BMorse

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    Yeah, the marketing for the module was not that great so I guess it just never took off, I used the OOPIC in a few demonstrations for hobby robotics at some local schools, the students seemed to like it very well, and so did the teachers.....
     
  8. eblc1388

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    The OOPIC requires a special pre-programmed 16F877 from the supplier Savage Innovation. Neither the source or the object code is available to end user. The pre-programmed PIC chip is not cheap too.

    Only the user program Compiler running on the PC is open source, which to the average people is pretty pointless. What use is an open source compiler with a closed source firmware?
     
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  9. THE_RB

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    I came across this recently, the "unduino" uses PIC dsPIC33 series and accepts arduino shields. Costs $35 and looks ok if you like that sort of thing.
    http://www.unduino.com/
     
  10. maxpower097

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    Now thats what I was looking for.
    Thanks
    RB
     
  11. johntabb

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    There's about to be a new PIC based Arduino compatible board,
    It's called Amicus18 and will be compatible with all Arduino shields.
    Website http://myamicus.co.uk/

    Free Compiler available
    regards John
     
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