ME 333 Lab 5

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In Lab 5, you will create your own wiki page describing some useful PIC-related function. Good resources include this mechatronics wiki itself (some of these functions may be partially documented) and the Further Reading section of the PIC32 introduction page.

Each page should have four headings: Original Assignment, Overview, Circuit, and Code. See the Example Writeup: Analog Input for an example. The Original Assignment indicates what you were assigned to do, and I will eventually erase it from the final page. The Overview is your rewritten version that clearly indicates what the page is about (to future students accessing the page) and should also include links to other good web sources of information on this topic, the Circuit shows a professional-looking circuit diagram including part numbers and where they can be obtained (and, where helpful, a photo of a neatly wired implementation of the circuit), and Code gives a listing of the liberally commented code, which should otherwise be as simple as possible (do not have extraneous lines of code that don't relate directly to the objective of the page). You may also wish to add a Further Reading section at the end of the page, with links to other useful sites on the topic. If not, you should make sure that your Overview has these links.

You are welcome to change the structure of your page to something other than these headings only if necessary to improve the clarity of the page. Don't erase the Original Assignment section.

Every topic that uses interrupts to implement a function should report how long it takes the interrupt to complete the service routine. One way to do this is to set a digital output pin "high" at the beginning of the interrupt service routine, then set it low at the end. Then look at this digital output on an oscilloscope. If the interrupt routine is occurring every 1 ms, then you should see a pulse every 1 ms, and the duration of the pulse tells you approximately how much time it takes your ISR to execute. If you don't clearly see a pulse of less than 1 ms every 1 ms, then your ISR may be taking more than its allotted time, and you need to either increase the time between ISR calls or decrease the complexity of your code in the ISR. Remember that bitwise operations such as &, |, !, >>, or << are fast, math operations on unsigned integers are slower, math operations on signed integers are slower still, math operations on floats are slower still, and trigonometric and other complex functions are very slow. If you have two different ISRs, say one at 1 ms intervals and another at 13 ms intervals (for example), use a different pin to time each and display the two channels simultaneously on your oscilloscope to understand the timing.

The MPLAB simulator is another powerful way to confirm your timing. You can experiment with it, or use DiJasio's Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C: Exploring the PIC32 (see also a pdf version) to learn more about it.

Your lab will be graded on functionality (how well you have completed the objective) and the usefulness of your wiki page (how clearly it is written and documented with images or other supporting material). If you use figures or information you found elsewhere on the web, give a citation (link) to the original source. Do not use copyrighted work!

Drawing Circuit Schematics

You can create circuit schematics using PCB Artist or almost any drawing program, with the pain of creating your own circuit elements. Note that we want schematics, not a PCB layout, for this assignment. The final file should be an image file.


Lab 5 Assignments


Possible Lab 5 assignments:



From 2010:

*!* Denotes code that does not work


From 2009:


From 2008:

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