First steps with MPLAB® Xpress PIC16F15376 Evaluation Board in Linux

by Luan


Posted on 19 April 2020, 15:10


In this article I expose how to setup environment to build and deploy projects for PIC16F15376.


In this article I expose how to setup environment to build and deploy projects for PIC16F15376.

MPLAB® Xpress PIC16F15376 Evaluation Board

This MPLAB Xpress board showcases the PIC16F15376 MCU. A member of an 8-bit product family that can leverage its eXtreme Low-Power (XLP) technology and a host of Core Independent Peripherals to be perfectly suited for a wide range of low-power applications. This device features PWMs, multiple communication interfaces, an on-chip temperature sensor and memory features like Memory Access Partition (MAP) and Device Information Area (DIA) which support customers in data protection and bootloader applications. ( Microchip )

Environment Setup

GPUTILS

To generate de .HEX files that are burned in PIC I used the GPUTILS:https://gputils.sourceforge.io/.

GPUTILS is a collection of tools for the Microchip ™ PIC microcontrollers. It includes gpasm, gplink, and gplib. It’s distributed under the terms of the GNU Public License. There are other GNU PIC tools available such as gpsim, a gputils compatible simulator.

Installing GPUTILS

The following procedure can be used to install GPUTILS:

  • Checkout the GPUTILS sourcecode
$ svn checkout svn://svn.code.sf.net/p/gputils/code/trunk .
  • Compile and install
cd gputils
make
make install

Make install must be executed as superuser

  • Test installation
gpasm -v

Blink example

To test the installation a simple code was developed. The code is just a simple blink in a RGB LED. The RGB led is of common cathode type and connected to pins RB0, RB1 and RB2 of PIC. The project can be downloaded in https://github.com/luanfrj/pic16f15376-blink
The used code is shown:


;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                           BLINK
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;AUTHOR: LUAN FERREIRA REIS DE JESUS       LAST REVISION: 20/04/2020
;V 1.0.0
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                        DESCRIPTION
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
; Simple code to bink a RGB LED
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                     DEFINITION FILES
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
#INCLUDE <p16f15376.inc>

;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                   DEVICE CONFIGURATION
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
    __CONFIG _CONFIG1, _FEXTOSC_OFF & _RSTOSC_HFINT32   ; Turn off external oscilator and set internal oscilator to 32 MHz
    __CONFIG _CONFIG2, _MCLRE_ON & _PWRTE_ON            ; Enable Master Clear and Powerup Timer
    __CONFIG _CONFIG3, _WDTE_OFF                        ; Turn off the watchdog timmer
    __CONFIG _CONFIG4, _LVP_ON                          ; Low voltage programming on

;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                        VARIABLES
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBLOCK 0X20
        DELAYTEMP2
        DELAYTEMP
        SysWaitTempMS
        SysWaitTempMS_H
    ENDC
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                        RESET VECTOR
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
    ORG     0x0000          ; Initial Address
    GOTO    INICIO
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                        SUBSOUTINES
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
DELAY_MS
    INCF    SysWaitTempMS_H, 1
DMS_START
    MOVLW   D'14'
    MOVWF   DELAYTEMP2
DMS_OUTER
    MOVLW   D'189'
    MOVWF   DELAYTEMP
DMS_INNER
    DECFSZ  DELAYTEMP, 1
    GOTO    DMS_INNER
    DECFSZ  DELAYTEMP2, 1
    GOTO    DMS_OUTER
    DECFSZ  SysWaitTempMS, 1
    GOTO    DMS_START
    DECFSZ  SysWaitTempMS_H, 1
    GOTO    DMS_START
    RETURN

CLOCK_INIT
    BANKSEL OSCCON1         ; Go to bank 17
    MOVLW   B'01100000'     ; HFINTOSC and NDIV = 1
    MOVWF   OSCCON1
    CLRF    OSCCON3         ; Enable
    CLRF    OSCEN
    CLRF    OSCTUNE
    MOVLW   B'00000110'     ; 32MHz
    MOVWF   OSCFRQ
    RETURN

;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                           MAIN ROUTINE
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
INICIO:
    CALL    CLOCK_INIT
    MOVLB   0x0000          ; Vai para o banco 0

    MOVLW   B'11111000'
    MOVWF   TRISB

R1:
    BANKSEL PORTB
    CLRF    PORTB               ; Turn off all leds

    MOVLW   B'00000001'         ; turn on led 1
    MOVWF   PORTB
    MOVLW   0X03                ; Define the delay in ms
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS_H     ; 1000ms 0x03E8 in HEX
    MOVLW   0XE8
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS
    CALL    DELAY_MS
    MOVLW   B'00000010'         ; turn on led 2
    MOVWF   PORTB
    MOVLW   0X03
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS_H
    MOVLW   0XE8
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS
    CALL    DELAY_MS
    MOVLW   B'00000100'         ; turn on led 3
    MOVWF   PORTB
    MOVLW   0X03
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS_H
    MOVLW   0XE8
    MOVWF   SysWaitTempMS
    CALL    DELAY_MS
    GOTO    R1
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
;                           END OF PROGRAM
;-------------------------------------------------------------------
    END

Assembling the code

To assemble code and generate the hex just a simply command need to be used:

gpasm -p16f15376 blink.asm

After te execution a file called blink.hex gonna be created.

Burning the HEX

The most interesting feature of this development board is that when connect to PC throught USB it is reconized as a mass storage device. And to program device it is only ncessary to copy the generated hex file to the mounted device. After copy the program imediatelly start to run.


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Paulina 20 April 2020, 18:27

Amazing post!


joellreyy87 27 December 2020, 08:09

The most intriguing element of this improvement board is that when Dissertation Writing Service associating with a pc through USB it is perceived as a mass stockpiling gadget. To test the establishment a straightforward code was created. The code is only a straightforward squint in an RGB led.


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