Protean Logic Product Overview
Protean Logic specializes in small computers,
called "micro-controllers" that are designed to be embedded
into larger products. Protean's micro-controllers use the FBasic
programming language and a dialect of Microchip PIC assembly language.
This hybrid combination of simple structured basic and flexible machine
language create an
extremely powerful platform that is small and surprisingly easy to learn
and use. Protean Logic supports customers with a variety of TICkit and
TICkit based products as listed below:
In addition to our micro-controllers and their
tools, we sell peripheral ICs and peripheral modules that can be used
with virtually any controller. These monolithic solutions are a great
way to instantly add capability to existing designs. Serial buffers,
graphic drivers and serial to parallel converters can make an arduous
task simple... at very little cost.
We also offer more finished products which are
great ways to get involved in the micro-processor revolution at more of
an analyst level as opposed to an engineering level. These products are
sold either as populated circuit boards or fully enclosed products.
However, they all are based upon the TICkit technology and can be easily
modified or expanded upon as you gain inspiration.
Finally, we have a small component store where
you can purchase parts for your projects that can be difficult to source
or buy. These are components that have proved useful in many TICkit
projects. Take a look at our offering to see if there are any solutions
for your designs there.
You may use the product hierarchy links on the left product bar to find the controller, controller
based device, or component that you are looking for. You can
also use the magnifying glass site search located in the upper left corner of every page
to find all data on a related topic contained in this site. You can also search
our store's product database by category, manufacturer, or part number.
TICkit mini-computers are
the heart of your project. These devices are specially programmed
PIC processors that execute FBasic programs. These devices are
amazingly easy to use and amazingly powerful. TICkits can be
purchased as individual ICs or in supporting hardware and software
FBasic language programs
Internal Token storage -
Programs up to 7K can be stored inside the TICkit IC.
External Token storage -
Programs up to 64K can be stored on external EEproms.
RAM memory variable
stack space. Up to 244 bytes available
Internal user written
assembly language routines
interface using a Windows PC.
Interrupt capability and
Originally designed as
an alternative to the Basic Stamp. See TICkit
processor ICs are processors with a fixed program. These devices
are monolythic solutions ready to solve common problems
encountered in embedded applications.
RSB serial buffers
capture serial stream data and store it until a host processor
(TICkit, BASIC STAMP, etc) is ready to process the data. This
lets your host take care of business and still not miss any
serial data from other non synchronized sources.
Xtender devices are a
bunch of peripheral capability in a single package. It
connects to the host via an I2C bus protocol. In this device
you gain buffered RS232, additional memory, additional digital
I/O, additional PWM outputs, A/D inputs and more.
Protean's peripheral modules
are more complex solutions than just ICs. These devices usually
use a TICkit as the processing power and have a pre-written
program to interface the real world to another host. Examples of
this type of solution are the Graphic LCD module and the Smart
Media Flash drive. Source code is provided for TICkit based
modules so that you can modify the operation of the modules to
suite your particular situation if you require special
128 x 64 pixel Graphic
40 x 4 character
Alpha-numeric LCD module
Smart Media flash memory
drive supports cards to 512Mbyte.
8 channel logic capture
Serial to Parallel
driver for simple printer port output.
Protean's Board Level
products are working subassemblies for inclusion in larger
projects or for you to enclose and modify to suit your needs.
6 x 8 LED matrix,
6" high, serial (SPI) loadable
Matrix controller for
Signage like the 6 x 8 matrix above
Altimeter, dual event control, fits 19mm tube
Instrument Display, 4x40
LCD, dual rotary controls
Relay control board,
SPDT relays, Solid State relays, isolated darlingtons
Small Electric Vehicle
control, Relay based, bi-directional with breaking
5 pointed star. Socketed
for TICkit or Stamp Jumper.
These products are complete,
however have lots of room to grow. Use these as is or use your
knowlege of TICkits to make these more powerful.
communication device for the deaf or hard of hearing. 4x40 LCD
screen decodes dialing key presses from distant partner. Auto
expanding speed codes. Works great for getting numbers or hard
to understand words.
LineBacker AC inverter
transfer switch. Use LARGE AGM lead acid batteries in
conjunction with low cost inverters to provide days of backup
for your personal or business computers. This thing works
great and a single blackout can make up the cost.
Logic Analyzer. This
little battery operated tool can be a god send when you need
to see what is going on at high speed. This device uses our 8
channel logic pods to capture high speed logic when a code is
recognized or when a trigger pulse is produced. Then see the
results on the 40x4 alpha LCD with custom characters
displaying simple wave patterns. It is like having an 8 or 16
channel storage O-scope for all digital signals.
As a service to our
customers, we stock a small selection of commonly used parts.
These are parts that might be difficult to find but are key to a
lot of TICkit projects.
Crystals and resonators.
EEprom and Memory
Printed Circuit Boards
Interface, DAC, and ADC