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How to Interface 7SEG with PIC16F877A – PIC Advanced Development Board

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PIC16F/18F Advanced Development Board is specifically designed to help students to master the required skills in the area of embedded systems. The kit is designed in such way that all the possible features of the microcontroller will be easily used by the students. The kit supports in system programming (ISP) which is done through USB port.

Microchipโ€™s PIC (PIC16F877A), PIC16F/18F Advanced Development Kit is proposed to smooth the progress of developing and debugging of various designs encompassing of High speed 8-bit Microcontrollers.

Seven Segment Display

A seven segment display is the most basic electronic display device. That can display digits from 0-9. The most common configuration has an array of eight LEDs that arranged in a special pattern to display these digits. They are laid out as a squared-off figure โ€˜8โ€™.

Interfacing Seven Segment Display

Fig. 1 shows how to interface the seven segments with microcontroller. A seven segment is generally available in ten pin package. While eight pins correspond to the eight LEDs.The remaining two pins (at middle) are common and internally shorted. These segments come in two configurations. Namely, Common cathode (CC) and Common anode (CA).

 Interfacing 7SEG with PIC16F877A PICAdvanced Development Board

Fig. 1 Interfacing 7segment to Microcontroller

Interfacing Seven Segment with PIC16F877A

We now want to display a four digit number in PIC16f/18F Advanced Development Board by using seven segment displays. The seven segment display is connected with PIC16F877A microcontroller.

In PIC16F/18F Advanced Development Board 4 nos. of common anode seven segment displays are controlled by seven segment drivers.

Pin Assignment with PIC16F877A

Circuit Diagram to Interface 7 segment with PIC16F877A

Source Code

The Interfacing seven segment displays with PIC16F877A program is very simple and straight forward.Which display a four digit number in seven segment display .The C programs are developed in Mplab software. Here we are increment a counter and display this value loaded into seven segment driver in PIC16F/18F PIC Advanced Development Board

C Program to 7 Segment Display using PIC16F877A

//Define PIC Registers __CONFIG(0x3f72);
//HS oscillator, Enable(PWRTE,BOREN),
//Disable(CPD,CP,WDTEN,In-circuit Debugger)
#define DATA_PORT PORTB void hex2dec(unsigned char);
void send_seg(unsigned char,unsigned char, unsigned char,unsigned char); void DelayMs(unsigned int);
unsigned char x;
unsigned char thou=0,hun=0,ten=0,single=0; unsigned char CA[10] = {0xc0,0xf9,0xa4,0xb0,0x99,0x92,0x82,0xf8,0x80,0x90};
unsigned char CC[10] = {0x3f,0x06,0x5b,0x4f,0x66,0x6d,0x7d,0x07,0x7f,0x6f}; unsigned char CA_CNTRL[4] = {0x07,0x0b,0x0d,0x0e};
unsigned char CC_CNTRL[4] = {0x08,0x04,0x02,0x01}; unsigned char n=1; void main() { unsigned char number; nRBPU =0; TRISB=0x00;
//PORTB configured as O/P ADCON1=0x07;
//Configure PORTA & PORTE as Digital port TRISA=0x00;
//PORTA Configured as O/P while(1)
if(x == 200)
//Inc the value upto 9 in unit place if(single>9)
//Inc the value upto 9 in Tenth place if(ten>9)
//Inc the value upto 9 in Hundredth if(hun>9)
//Inc value upto 9 in Thousandth
void send_seg(unsigned char thou,unsigned char hun, unsigned char ten,unsigned char single)
//Enable unit place DATA_PORT=CA[single];
//Display Unit Place Number n=2;
else if(n==2)
//Enable 10th place DATA_PORT=CA[ten];
//Display Tenth Place Number n=3; DelayMs(5);
else if(n==3)
//Eanble Hundredth place 7-Segment DATA_PORT=CA[hun];
//Display Hundredth Place Number n=4; DelayMs(5);
else if(n==4)
//Enable Thousandth place 7-Segment DATA_PORT=CA[thou];
//Display Thousandth Place Number n=1; DelayMs(5);
void DelayMs(unsigned int Ms)
int delay_cnst; while(Ms>0)
for(delay_cnst = 0;
delay_cnst <220;delay_cnst++);

To compile the above C code you must need the Mplab software and Hi-Tech C Compiler. They must be properly set up . And a project with correct settings must be created in order to compile the code. To compile the above code, the C file must be added to the project.

In Mplab, you want to develop or debug the project without any hardware setup. You must compile the code for generating HEX file. In debugging Mode, you want to check the port output without PIC16f/18F Advanced Development Board .The PICKIT2 software is used to download the hex file into your microcontroller IC PIC16F877A through USB port.

Testing the I2C โ€“ Seven segment with PIC16F

Give +12V power supply to PIC16f/18F Advanced Development Board .The four seven segment display is connected with the PIC16f/18F Advanced Development Board .First check the entire seven segments LEDโ€™s are properly working or not. Here we are display just 1234 in four seven segment. The entire seven segments receive it through I2C & display it in order.

If any data is not coming in seven segments, then you just check the entire seven segments LEDโ€™s are working or not. Change the seven segment driver IC . After that Check the I2C connections. Check the four seven segments connections. Otherwise you just check the code with debugging mode in Mplab. If you want to see more details about debugging just see the videos in below link.

โ˜ž     How to Create and Debug a Project in Mplab using PIC16F using Hi-Tech Compiler.

General Information

โ˜žFor proper working use the components of exact values as shown in Circuit file. Wherever possible use new components.

โ˜žSolder everything in a clean way. A major problem arises due to improper soldering, solder jumps and loose joints.

โ˜žUse the exact value crystal shown in schematic.

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