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74 Getting Started Package
Logic’s TICkit 74 GSP (Getting Started Package) combines a TICkit 74
Prototyping Laboratory and Development Kit. The prototyping laboratory is a
solderless breadboard attached to a TICkit 74 printed circuit board. This is a
convenient platform for prototype, experimental, or educational projects. The
PCB (printed circuit board) power supply provides a +5 vdc regulated and +/- 9
vdc unregulated outputs for RS232, split rail analog, and digital circuitry. The
PCB also includes an RS232 connector with line buffer, socketing for up to 128K
bytes of EEprom, and a socket for an IBM PC-AT keyboard.
TICkit 74 FBasic interpreter, the core of the laboratory, is a rapid development
system which uses Windows 9X, Protean’s TICkit IDE software, and a serial
port. Programs are created with FBasic, a powerful yet simple proprietary
programming language. Protean Logic has an extensive library of pre-written
TICkit functions that provide developers with programming opportunities that
would otherwise have been time consuming or beyond their area of expertise.
These capabilities combine to enable the developer to add sophisticated features
to any project with ease.
TICkit Development Kit contains the IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
software and a download cable. The IDE is a program editor, compiler, debugger,
and technical reference combined into a single program. The editor allows
multiple edit windows, which facilitates the use of libraries and other advanced
program models. The high-speed compiler creates optimal token code which
resolves addresses, reports syntactical and grammatical program errors at
compile time. The debugger boasts source level tracing of program execution,
variable watch points, program break points, and other advanced debugging
PC-AT keyboard interface: Applications; use a PC-AT keyboard, scanner etc.
playback from EEprom: Applications; sound effects, spoken output, complex
sine wave generator: Applications; DTMF output (phone dialing). Music output
(4 line chorus).
real time clock: Applications; DAQ time standard, periodic functions, time
of day/calendar, clocks.
base interrupts: Applications; background processing, time-out processing.
functions (2 marks): Applications; measure elapsed time precisely, sample
waveforms in real-time.
one-wire support: Applications; interface Dallas temperature sensors,
security keys or multidrop sensors.
Power line carrier transmission: Applications; automate lighting, control
HVAC equipment, PIR security system, control other commercially available
Power line carrier reception: Applications; monitor X-10 messages, use X-10
pulse generation for 4 RC servos: Applications; RC servos for robotic
actuators, model airplanes, and satellite RC servo controller. Control up to
16 servos with single TICkit.
background PWM generators: Applications; control motors in background, use
as 10-bit D to A converters.
/ 3-wire interface (in background): Applications; interface to devices like
LTC1298 A/D or 74LS594 ICs.
hardware slave (in background): Applications; create an I2C based network.
master generation: Applications; control I2C devices like 24LC EEproms or
Protean’s Xtender IC.
- Up to 256K bytes of EEprom storage:
Applications; store audio samples, non-volatile data storage, use for POS
transaction storage, use for long term DAQ memory, bank select for even
larger amounts of EEprom.
byte program size: Applications; create programs 50,000 lines long!
Subroutine calls limited only by RAM.
Bytes of RAM: Applications; variables storage, subroutine calls. Efficient
use supports huge programs.
hardware (in background): Applications; implement high baud rates; Implement
9 bit formats, Implement interrupt driven ring buffers.
emulation routines (foreground): Applications; up to 19200 baud with no RTC
time loss, full handshaking scheme. RS_SCANF function parses input fields.
Supports inverted or true levels. Custom baud rates allowed.
bit counter/timer with 8-bit prescaler: Applications; count pulses in
background, monitor RPM or frequency.
bit counter/timer (in background, not available when using RTC):
Applications; count pulses in background, RPM monitoring, frequency
measurement, interval measurement, count capturing. (Use with CCP).
encoder support (foreground): Applications; update counts on up to 2
switches, use for “wheel” input devices or slow speed position sensing,
create closed loop servo systems.
types of RC resistance or capacitance measurement functions: Applications;
Use with pull up/down for delay measure, use potentiometers as input
bit floating point math: Applications; mathematic operations like PID
calculations, scientific calculations.
bit signed integers: Applications; monetary calculations, fixed-point
support, high precision A/D.
bit unsigned integers: Applications; normal process calculations.
operations: Applications; easily support for text, user interface or text
bit parallel bus functions: Applications; interface peripheral ICs, 4 bit
devices, octal latches and multiplexers, or common LCD modules.
pulse gen and measurement: Applications; instruments, determine RPM using
I/O on 26 pins: Applications; I/O intensive applications, control LEDs,
small motors and relays, monitor switches, optical sensors, analog
comparators and digital inputs.
bit A/D conversion available on 2 I/O pins: Use for voltage measurement,
analog signal quantization.
FBasic programming language: Applications; easily update and modify FBasic
programs in Win95/98/2000/NT Integrated environment. Supports data
structures and arrays. Functions and libraries allow encapsulation.
Parameter passing and local variables. Structured flow control. Programs can
be freely distributed.
token based interpreter: Applications; Programs run relatively fast. Token
code is not easily un-assembled. Interpreter ICs can be purchased separately