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last update: Jan 1, 2011

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Q1: How to start building?

 

First of all, choose which project you are interested in. For example KIT1: PCB + bootloaded dsPIC. You may order this from our webshop. Then follow the instructions on the corresponding omniboard projects page.

More advanced users may want to start from scratch: check out the full schematics and circuit diagrams.


Q2: How to program the dsPIC?

  •  Please note that the omniboard KITs sold at our shop come with a preprogrammed dsPIC, so you won't need to do this by yourself.

However, (re)programming can be done in two different ways:

  • Via the onboard ICSP connector and a hardware programmer and its accompanying software application. Check out this one: WinPic800. The software application is free and you can buy a KIT to save on the hardware programmer.
  • Through the onboard dsPIC serial port 2 (UART2) connector and with the use of a bootloader application. See more on our bootloading page.

Q3: What is the bootloader doing exactly?

A bootloader makes it possible to program the dsPIC with a firmware without the need of a hardware programmer. Our bootloader works via the dsPIC serial port 2 (UART 2) Some free software is needed here of course. See more on our bootloading page.


Q4: What is a "firmware-hex" ?

This file is simply the whole dsPIC program Flash contents. This is the source file that is needed to upload to the dsPIC, either with hardware ICSP or with the use of a bootloader.


Q5: Do i need all those expensive (compiling) tools?

Not at all.

If you know how to read the schematics and diagrams, then you'll be able to use a free compiling environment: asm30 with Microchip MPLAB IDE. However this is more for low-end applications. More interesting applications are quite complex and require the use of c compilers like ccs pcwhd, hi-tech or mikroc. Check out our development tools page.

You will need no compiler if you just want to build our projects without the need of modifications. Then just order the KIT you want and you're ready to go.

 



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