Today’s lab session is about binary counting LEDs. The binary 1 and 0 will be represented by turning LEDs on and off. You will make a 4-bit binary counter (using 4 LEDs) that counts from 0 to 15 (0000-1111 binary). The four LEDs are connected to RC0 through RC3 port pins of PIC16F688 with current limiting resistors (470Ω each) in series. A push button switch is connected to pin RC4 to provide input for the counter. The counter starts from 0, and increase by 1 every time the button is pressed. When the counter reaches 15 (all LEDs on), it will reset to 0 on the next press of the button.
You should be familiar with the digital I/O ports of PIC16F688 and their direction settings. If you are not, read Digital I/O Ports in PIC16F688. Read previous lab session (Lab 2: Basic digital input and output) to learn about reading inputs from a push button.
The circuit diagram and its construction on the breadboard are shown in figures below. The PIC16F688 microcontroller uses its internal clock at 4.0 MHz.
Define PORTC pins RC0-RC3 as output, and the pin RC4 as an input. Disable comparators (CMCON0=7), and configure all I/O pins as digital (ANSEL=0). Use Button() function to read input from the push button switch.
For more detail: Lab 3: Four bit binary counter using PIC16F688
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