A varieties of learning kits and development boards for PIC microchip are available from different vendors all around the world. They cost from few bucks to over hundred dollars depending upon the built-in features and user requirements. If you are a beginner in the world of PIC microcontrollers, and you want to explore their capabilities, here is a PIC16F628A development board that you can make by yourself.
This board has following features:
- Access to all I/O pins through female header pins
- 4 Tactile Switches for User Inputs
- 4 LEDs for Output
- An LCD Interface Port
- A 4-digit Seven-Segment Display Interface with Multiplexing
- LCD Contrast Adjustment
- ICSP Programming Header
In his blog, the author gives the details of circuit diagram and also demonstrates more than 10 experiments that you can do with the board. The experiments cover LEDs, LCD display, multiplexed seven segment displays, DS1820 sensor interface, PWM etc and all of them use the free version of mikroC compiler.
An Experimental Board for PIC Microchip – [Link]