Books to Learn PIC Microcontroller Basics – For Beginners

john March 31, 2014 No Comments

There are many who are trying to advance in the field of microcontrollers, and the best way to do this is by understanding the basics of PIC (Programmable Interface Controller). This microcontroller is known for its wide application in modern electronics. Especially, when such a microcontroller is known to integrate all types of advanced interfacing ports and memory modules.

CircuitsToday is listing some books that will help our readers to get a better understanding of the basics of PIC, and also some basic projects based on PIC.

PIC Books Review

Please note that the prices vary according to the place of buy. The links to USA, UK, and Indian sellers are given. Anyone who wishes to buy books outside these three countries will have to pay an additional shipping cost. Here is the list:

#1 Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications by Tim Wilmshurst

Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers - Principles and Applications by Tim Wilmshurst
Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers – Principles and Applications by Tim Wilmshurst

This book is a very good beginners course, after which you can start the next level with confidence. The book is very much readable and describes the concepts of embedded system with the PIC microcontroller as the main weapon. The book uses assembly language and C in detail and thus will help the reader get a better understanding of the topic. The book also covers the basics on MeLabs PIC and Basic Pro. All the programming examples provided with each topic is also explained in detail and not just left for the reader to find out.

About the Author:

The author Tim Wilmshurst is an embedded systems designer and has been working in this field since the early days of microcontrollers. It is mostly his practical knowledge that has led him to write such a wonderful book in this subject. He is presently working as the Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby. In his early years, while he was working in Cambridge University, he helped in developing and building original systems and applications in several projects like measurement of bullet speed, wind tunnel control, simulated earthquakes and so on.

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Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Tim Wilmshurst – USA

Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Tim Wilmshurst – India

Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Tim Wilmshurst – UK

#2 PIC Microcontroller: Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton

Pic Microcontroller - Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton
Pic Microcontroller – Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton

This is the most widely used book by students, teachers, technicians and electronics enthusiasts who aim at knowing the basics of PIC. The author has successfully managed to offer a unique concise and practical guide to getting up and running with a PIC microcontroller. All the topics are explained in a unique way by providing simple projects that explain theory in a practical way.

About the Author:

John Morton’s books are all known to be a beginners guide in the field of microcontrollers. He also has a well written introductory book in AVR.

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PIC Microcontroller: Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton – USA

PIC Microcontroller: Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton – India

PIC Microcontroller: Your Personal Introductory Course by John Morton – UK

#3 Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Singh Sandhu

Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Sandhu
Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Sandhu

This book takes the beginner through the basics of programming the PIC 16F877A microcontrller using PIC Basic Pro in the simplest way possible. Each topic is covered with well annotated and well explained example programs. The last few pages of the book contains 8 practical projects that can be done with low cost hardwares as suggested by the author. All these projects are neatly programmed by the author to give a very good understanding of the subject.

About the Author:

All of Harpit Singh Sandhu’s books are known for providing extensive and even the most minute details in both hardware and programming side which helps every beginner to grasp knowledge quickly. The author also has best seller books in parallel processing, workshop practice and robotics apart from his 2 best sellers in PIC.

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Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – USA

Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – India

Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – UK

#4 Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by Harprit Singh Sandhu

Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by  Harprit Singh Sandhu
Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by Harprit Singh Sandhu

This is another very good book from Harpit Sandhu. The PIC Basic Pro is used thoroughly to make all the projects easy for non C-programmers. The author has shared his hard won practical knowledge through examples, where he provides a better glimpse into the inner working of discrete time dc servo control projects. The book may not be highly theoretical, but it gets straight to the point and shows the interface of PIC’s to the hardwired motors and other instruments.

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Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – USA

Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – India

Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers by Harprit Singh Sandhu – UK

#5 Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers: Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates

Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers - Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates
Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers – Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates

This book is ideal for a little more experienced readers who have quite a blittle knowledge on the basics of programming and electronics. The author has brought in his 20 years of teaching experience to provide an excellent balance of theory and practise with numerous working examples throughout. Please check the second edition where additional software versions like MPLAB v8 and VSM v8 and applications like wireless communications and intelligent sensors are also added.

About the Author:

Martin P. Bates, the author of this book has 2 of the best sellers in PIC. His books are known to be the best in providing introductory lessons in PIC.

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Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers: Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates – USA

Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers: Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates – India

Interfacing PIC Microcontrollers: Embedded Design by Interactive Simulation by Martin P. Bates – UK

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