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Ordering Information

Order Code: BIGPIC5
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £119.00

Please note that the 16×2 character LCD, 128×64 graphic LCD, touch-screen overlay, DS1820 temperature sensor and SD card are not included with the BIGPIC5 development board and must be ordered separately – please see below for BIGPIC5 options.

Overview

MikroElektronika’s BIGPIC5 is an advanced development board for Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers and is aimed specifically at developers working with 64 and 80-pin PICs on applications requiring a large number of I/O lines and advanced peripheral capabilities. The new BIGPIC5 includes a high-speed USB programmer and in-circuit debugger plus many advanced built-in I/O features.

The BIGPIC5 is supplied with a removable PIC18F8520 MCU board and provides everything you need to start developing for, experimenting with or learning about this microcontroller. Additional MCU boards may be ordered separately for both the PIC18F8520 and PIC18F8722 as can empty MCU boards for users wanting to add their own 64 or 80-pin PICs where surface mount soldering facilities are available.

By including the programmer, in-circuit debugger, PIC MCU board and useful I/O devices on one board, the BIGPIC5 will save you having to waste time trying to set up individual programmers, debuggers, prototyping boards and I/O devices. Use of one of MikroElektronika’s compilers with their included library routines and example programs also makes developing faster and avoids the need to struggle with hardware and software from different manufacturers.

The BIGPIC5’s low cost, ease of use, reliability and wealth of built-in features also make it an excellent platform for the teaching of microcontrollers in colleges and universities.

Features

  • On-board high-speed USB 2.0 PIC programmer.
  • On-board mikroICD in-circuit-debugger (when used in conjunction with mikroC, mikroBASIC or mikroPascal PIC compilers).
  • Supplied with plug-on MCU board containing PIC18F8520 and 10MHz crystal.
  • 67 LEDs show status of all the PIC’s I/O lines.
  • 67 pushbutton switches to simulate digital inputs.
  • Two analogue potentiometers to simulate analogue inputs.
  • Character LCD interface (16×2 character available as option).
  • Graphic LCD interface (128×64 graphic LCD available as option).
  • Touch-screen controller (touch-screen overlay for graphic LCD available as option).
  • Socket for DS1820 1-wire temperature sensor (DS1820 available as option).
  • Two RS-232 interfaces.
  • RS-485 interface.
  • CAN interface.
  • PS/2 keyboard connector.
  • 12-bit D/A converter.
  • Battery-backed real-time clock based on NXP/Philips Semiconductor’s PCF8583 IC.
  • SD/MMC card slot.
  • All I/O lines are available for easy off-board expansion.
  • Pull-up or pull-down port defining.
  • Power supply can be by USB or optional AC/DC power adapter.
  • Large range of optional interface boards available.

Using the BIGPIC5

The BIGPIC5 is incredibly easy to set up and use. On first connecting it to the USB port of your PC using the lead provided, Windows will prompt you to install a driver from the supplied CD-ROM. The PIC18F8520 on the plug-on MCUboard that comes fitted to the BIGPIC5 is pre-programmed with a demonstration program that runs immediately. You can then install the PICFlash2 programming software, also on the CD-ROM, and reprogram the PIC with any of the included pre-compiled example programs to try out the board’s I/O features and get a taste of the sort of projects that you can develop.

To write your own programs, you can use the assembler in Microchip’s freely available MPLAB software or any make of PIC assembler or compiler that generate HEX files. However use of MikroElektronika’s MikroBASIC, MikroC and MikroPascal compilers is recommended as these come with library routines that support all the BIGPIC5’s built-in I/O devices and MikroElektronika’s optional interface boards, as well as allowing for use of the BIGPIC5’s MikroICD in-circuit debugger. Demonstration versions of these three compilers are included, which enable you to write programs up to 2K in size, or you can save money on the individual prices and buy one of our starter packs that also include full versions of the compilers.

Your programs can make full use of the BIGPIC5’s I/O devices and any that are not required can be disabled by way of clearly labelled jumpers and DIP switches. MikroElektronika’s range of optional interface boards can be fitted to the BIGPIC5 and it is also straightforward to connect your own circuits as the PIC’s I/O lines are available on nine 10-way IDC headers. The supplied PIC18F8520 MCU board can easily be removed and replaced with the optional PIC18F8722 board.

Specifications

Supported PICs

The following list gives the PICs currently supported by the BIGPIC5 in numerical order.PIC18F Family
PIC18F8520, PIC18F8722

Package Contents

  • BIGPIC5 development board with 80-pin PIC18F8520 MCU board.
  • USB programming/power cable.
  • RS-232 serial communications cable.
  • Printed user manuals.
  • CD-ROM containing PICFlash2 programming software and drivers.

BIGPIC5 Options

LCD & DS1820 Pack
A pack containing a 16×2 character LCD and DS1820 temperature sensor, both of which can be easily plugged onto the BIGPIC5 development board.
Order Code: LCDDS1820
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £9.95
GLCD & Touch-Screen Pack
A pack containing a 128×64 graphic LCD and touch-screen overlay, both of which can be easily plugged onto the BIGPIC5 development board.
Order Code: GLCDTOUCH
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: Limited

BIGPIC5 Additional Microcontrollers & Adapter Boards

PIC18F8520 80-pin MCU Board
This MCU board based on the 80-pin PIC18F8520 is the same as the MCU board supplied with the BIGPIC5.
Order Code: PIC18F8520MCU
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £13.95
PIC18F8722 80-pin MCU Board
This MCU board based on the 80-pin PIC18F8722 may be fitted to the BIGPIC5 in place of the supplied PIC18F8520 board.
Order Code: PIC18F8722MCU
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £15.95
PIC MCU Board1
The PIC MCU Board1 is an empty MCU board onto which 64-pin PICs may be fitted by those with surface-mount soldering facilities. The board accommodates PIC18F6310-PT, PIC18F6390-PT, PIC18F6410-PT, PIC18F6490-PT, PIC18F6520-PT, PIC18F6585-PT, PIC18F6620-PT, PIC18F6680-PT and PIC18F6720-PT microcontrollers.
Order Code: PICMCUBOARD1
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £3.95
PIC MCU Board2
The PIC MCU Board2 is an empty MCU board onto which 80-pin PICs may be fitted by those with surface-mount soldering facilities. The board accommodates PIC18F8310-PT, PIC18F8390-PT, PIC18F8410-PT, PIC18F8490-PT, PIC18F8520-PT, PIC18F8527-PT, PIC18F8585-PT, PIC18F8620-PT, PIC18F8622-PT, PIC18F8627-PT, PIC18F8680-PT, PIC18F8720-PT and PIC18F8722-PT microcontrollers.
Order Code: PICMCUBOARD2
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £3.95

Develop projects faster and save up to £56.90 with an BIGPIC5 Starter Pack!

Maximise the usefulness of the BIGPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the BIGPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroBASIC PIC compiler.
Maximise the usefulness of the BIGPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the BIGPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroC PIC compiler.
Maximise the usefulness of the BIGPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the BIGPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroPascal PIC compiler.