Digital alarm clock using PIC16F877 microcontroller

This is an alarm clock I built. It was very effective during the sort time I used it, because I programmed it to play a very annoying tune through a speaker. I actually started to wake up before the alarm went of, so other people in the house didn’t wake up from the annoying pitches it played.

Digital alarm clock

The JAL source code is available on my download page


  • Timekeeping using the PIC’s timer0 interrupt
  • 4×20 hd44780 compatible backlit LCD, displaying the time in big numbers (4×4 and 4×3) * Alarm sound tune using PWM
  • computer interface for synchronizing time with the web.
  • (maybe battery backup (in case of a power outage…))


Timekeeping: Rewritten in assembler. (losing one stack level, previously losing two stack levels, ISR and procedure time…) :Display: Done. Use’s Vasile’s 4-line lcd routines and tables to store the texts.
Bignumbers: Done. Data stored in tables.
Backlight: The backlight is dimmed using the internal CCP1 module of the PIC in PWM mode. :Input: Four pushbuttons on port D, handled by buttons.jal (function keypress(byte in key) return bit).
Alarm sound: Uses CCP2 in PWM mode, inspired by Vasile!
Menu code: Works. Can set time/alarm.
Computer link: (interface code) Nothing yet.

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I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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