About our two PIC books
We chose this micro as it is the smallest and cheapest in the PIC range.
The secret behind our success in programming the '508A is a "Pseudo" board that takes a re-programmable chip so the board operates exactly like a PIC12C508A
Talking Electronics has produced a complete package for programming the '508A microcontroller.
device. This means you can get a program up and running without wasting a single chip and save the expense of having to buy lots of EPROM versions of the '508A.
The first book in the series is titled "Programming the PIC12C508A" (Cost: $10.00 plus $5.00 post). It shows an entirely new way to produce programs for the PIC12C508A. It also covers programming the PIC16F84 as all the programs are written in mnemonics and loaded into a PIC16F84 and placed in a Pseudo'508 Module that operates exactly like a '508A micro. All the development work is done in this way and that's how you can design '508A projects without wasting a single chip!
You can now design the world's cheapest projects and put them on the market competitively. The book offers many ideas for projects including credit card locks, dongles, controllers and anything that would normally consume six or so individual digital chips.
The concept to programming we have used is entirely new. The book contains a Library of Routines to show you how to produce DTMF tones, turn an output line on and off, toggle a line, create delays, create sounds and tones, perform simple mathematics, place two or more buttons on a single line, etc etc. You take these routines and add them to your own programs. This way they run at FULL SPEED, take up the least space and don't require any interpreting language. All the sub-routines are on disk and you can build up your program very quickly by creating a main routine and CALLing the sub-routines. It's all explained in the book.
The second book is titled "PIC These Projects!" (Cost: $10.00 plus $5.00 post). It contains simple projects using the PIC12C508A. The projects include "Do it NOW!" a credit-card sized project containing 4 LEDs. With the press of a button the LEDs flash and stop on a random decision.
Another Project is titled FREE PHONE! It is designed to be
connected to an extension phone so that when it is lifted, it
dials a pre-programmed number. The importance of this project is
the phone cannot be used for any other purpose and thus it can be
placed outside an office, factory, shop or any premises for
The second project in the group of three, is TAXI PHONE and it does the same thing as the previous project but is cheaper and is intended to dial a taxi company from a shop or restaurant. Again, you are encouraged to build the project and sell the idea. It has enormous potential.
The third project in the group is a Dialing Alarm called "Dialarm." It's the lowest-cost dialing alarm in the world. It dials two numbers, puts a HeeHaw tone down the line, then puts audio down the line from the target location. It's a brilliant concept. Again, you can run with the idea or use the project to learn how to program microcontrollers. The program is fully documented and you can change any of the instructions to suit the customers requirements.
The book also contains a low-cost PIC programmer and a set of disks to drive the programmer, including MPASM software to trouble-shoot your programs.
While we encourage you to get into programming microcontrollers as a business venture, the only requirement is that for any commercial quantities of the products you design using our PC board, you buy the kits of parts from us. We do not charge royalties but the parts and boards should be bought through us as compensation. Our prices are less than getting the items yourself, so you will naturally come to us, anyway. There are bulk prices for quantity.
The most important reason for producing these projects is the educational aspect. They teach you how to write a program in PIC language using mnemonics. It may seem a laborious way of programming but it is the cheapest. Once you understand the 33 or so instructions, you can write and design projects for these amazing microcontrollers without any outside assistance. The chips don't need any interpreting language and you can produce a programmed chip for less than $5.00 (in large quantities) and create your own business.
It's all a much cheaper way to get into PIC programming and the
focus of the two books is to get a complete beginner into
programming. Everything is simply laid out and anyone interested
in electronics will be able to get an idea up-and-running in a
very short period of time. We cover both the hardware and
software of each project and have kits available for everything.