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EEPROM 12 Click with EasyPIC v8

Published Nov 01, 2023

Click board™

EEPROM 12 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v8

Compiler

NECTO Studio

MCU

PIC18F2553

A memory where important information can be written, erased, and read as needed, even when the device is turned off

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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

EEPROM 12 Click is based on the M24256E, an EEPROM from STMicroelectronics. The protections include write protection of the whole memory array, enhanced ESD/latch-up protection, and more. It can withstand over 4 million write cycles and has over 200 years of data retention. It has a write time both for byte or page within 5ms and supports random and sequential read modes. The write page mode allows up to 64 bytes to be written in a single write cycle. The error correction code (ECC) is implemented on each group of four

EEPROM bytes, which improves the read reliability. During the internal write cycle, the device disconnects itself from the bus and writes a copy of the data from its internal latches to the memory cells. This, in turn, minimizes write delays. EEPROM 12 Click uses a standard 2-Wire interface to communicate with the host MCU, supporting a clock frequency of up to 1MHz. The EEPROM supports a configurable device address register (CDA), which allows the user to define the device address and a device address lock (DAL) to freeze

the configurable device address register. The EEPROM also supports a write control protection, which can be accessed over the WC pin. This Click board™ can operate with either 3.3V or 5V logic voltage levels selected via the VCC SEL jumper. This way, both 3.3V and 5V capable MCUs can use the communication lines properly. Also, this Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing easy-to-use functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.

EEPROM 12 Click hardware overview image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports many high pin count 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, EasyPIC v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the EasyPIC v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module, which offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment, the board also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector.

Communication options such as USB-UART, USB DEVICE, and CAN are also included, including the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, two display options (graphical and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from the smallest PIC MCU devices with only eight up to forty pins. EasyPIC v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

EasyPIC v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU

default

Architecture

PIC

MCU Memory (KB)

32

Silicon Vendor

Microchip

Pin count

28

RAM (Bytes)

2048

Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

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NC
AN
NC
NC
RST
ID COMM
RA5
CS
NC
NC
SCK
NC
NC
MISO
NC
NC
MOSI
Power Supply
3.3V
3.3V
Ground
GND
GND
Write Control
RC1
PWM
NC
NC
INT
NC
NC
TX
NC
NC
RX
I2C Clock
RC3
SCL
I2C Data
RC4
SDA
Power Supply
5V
5V
Ground
GND
GND
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Take a closer look

Schematic

EEPROM 12 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v8 as your development board.

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly
Rotary B 2 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 28 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v8 28pin-DIP - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto DIP image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for EEPROM 12 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • eeprom12_memory_write - EEPROM 12 memory write function.

  • eeprom12_memory_read - EEPROM 12 memory read function.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

/*!
 * @file main.c
 * @brief EEPROM 12 Click example
 *
 * # Description
 * This example demonstrates the use of EEPROM 12 click board™.
 * The demo app writes specified data to the memory and reads it back.
 *
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 *
 * ## Application Init
 * The initialization of I2C module, log UART, and additional pins.
 *
 * ## Application Task
 * The demo application writes a desired number of bytes to the memory 
 * and then verifies if it is written correctly
 * by reading from the same memory location and displaying the memory content.
 * Results are being sent to the UART Terminal, where you can track their changes.
 *
 * @author Nenad Filipovic
 *
 */

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "eeprom12.h"

static eeprom12_t eeprom12;
static log_t logger;

#define DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_1         "MikroE"
#define DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_2         "EEPROM 12 Click"
#define STARTING_ADDRESS             0x4321

void application_init ( void ) 
{
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;  /**< Logger config object. */
    eeprom12_cfg_t eeprom12_cfg;  /**< Click config object. */

    /** 
     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
     */
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Init " );

    // Click initialization.
    eeprom12_cfg_setup( &eeprom12_cfg );
    EEPROM12_MAP_MIKROBUS( eeprom12_cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    if ( I2C_MASTER_ERROR == eeprom12_init( &eeprom12, &eeprom12_cfg ) ) 
    {
        log_error( &logger, " Communication init." );
        for ( ; ; );
    }
    Delay_ms( 100 );
    
    log_info( &logger, " Application Task " );
    Delay_ms( 100 );
}

void application_task ( void ) 
{
    uint8_t data_buf[ 128 ] = { 0 };
    memcpy( data_buf, DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_1, strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_1 ) );
    if ( EEPROM12_OK == eeprom12_memory_write( &eeprom12, STARTING_ADDRESS, 
                                                          data_buf, 
                                                          strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_1 ) ) )
    {
        log_printf( &logger, " Write data: %s\r\n", data_buf );
        Delay_ms( 100 );
    }
    
    memset( data_buf, 0, sizeof( data_buf ) );
    Delay_ms( 100 );
    if ( EEPROM12_OK == eeprom12_memory_read( &eeprom12, STARTING_ADDRESS, 
                                                         data_buf, 
                                                         strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_1 ) ) )
    {
        Delay_ms( 100 );
        log_printf( &logger, " Read data: %s\r\n\n", data_buf );
        Delay_ms( 3000 );
    }
    
    memcpy( data_buf, DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_2, strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_2 ) );
    if ( EEPROM12_OK == eeprom12_memory_write( &eeprom12, STARTING_ADDRESS, 
                                                          data_buf, 
                                                          strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_2 ) ) )
    {
        log_printf( &logger, " Write data: %s\r\n", data_buf );
        Delay_ms( 100 );
    }
    
    memset( data_buf, 0, sizeof( data_buf ) );
    Delay_ms( 100 );
    if ( EEPROM12_OK == eeprom12_memory_read( &eeprom12, STARTING_ADDRESS, 
                                                         data_buf, 
                                                         strlen( DEMO_TEXT_MESSAGE_2 ) ) )
    {
        Delay_ms( 100 );
        log_printf( &logger, " Read data: %s\r\n\n", data_buf );
        Delay_ms( 3000 );
    }
}

int main ( void ) 
{
    application_init( );
    
    for ( ; ; ) 
    {
        application_task( );
    }

    return 0;
}

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

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