Development of a matlab-based graphical user interface environment for PIC microcontroller projects

Sang Hoon Lee, Yan Fang Li, Vikram Kapila

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Peripheral Interface Controllers (PICs) are inexpensive microcontroller units with built-in serial communication functionality. Similarly, Matlab, a widely used technical computing software, allows serial communication with external devices. In addition, Matlab provides graphical design tools such as Simulink and Dials and Gauges Blockset. This paper exploits the serial communication capability of PIC microcontrollers and the Matlab software along with graphical design tools of Matlab to create a Matlab-based graphical user interface (GUI) environment for PIC microcontroller projects. Three examples are included to illustrate that the integration of low-cost PIC microcontrollers with the Matlab-based GUI environment allows data acquisition, data processing, data visualization, and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalComputers in Education Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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