The Use of PIC Microcontrollers in Multiple DC Motors Control Applications

  • Steve C. Hsiung (Old Dominion University)


This article is an applied engineering example of using microprocessor/microcontroller in various controls of the senior project designs in Electricity, Electronics, and Computer Technology (EECT) concentration in Industrial Technology curricula, but also of inter- est in industry applications. This project reflects the Industrial Technology curricula as a combination of hands-on and minds-on approach on real-world applications. The design of a micro- processor/ microcontroller control system involves the process of design- ing application programs starts from the individual module development through extensive testing, verification, and modification. Applying these developed modules in a useful manner requires the links and integrations that lead to the practical project implementation. Frequently, in students’ senior project designs and faculty’s research plans, the microprocessor/microcontroller resources become scarce or cause conflicts during the modules’ integration stage. This development demonstrates the accommodation of the shortfall of the resources and resolves any conflict that may force the designers to: (1) revise the module design, (2) rework most of the design, or (3) add additional circuit to the module otherwise. This use of multiple PICs presents a tested research concept that implements simple serial communication protocols in a multi- processor environment, which aims to keep the pre-developed modules intact with the least possible modification during project implementation.

Keywords: computer programming|electricity|electronics|research

How to Cite:

Hsiung, S. C., (2007) “The Use of PIC Microcontrollers in Multiple DC Motors Control Applications”, Journal of Industrial Technology 23(3).

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Published on
30 Jun 2007