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This page contains all the necessary resources, such as data, manuals, development tools and software, related to the PixTrix board.

This board and associated literature, were developed by and the copyright is the property of Mr. Pat Ellis of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), of the Doornfontein campus.

All literature, parts and PC Boards, can be ordered from MANTECH and can be delivered to any destination, subject to a delivery charge if outside the major centers.

Should you require any additional information, please contact our technical department. tech@mantech.co.za
Bootloader Data Sheets Development Board MP Lab

Here you can download all the utilities related to the BOOTLOADER.

Although the concept might seem a little mind-twisting at first, the basic principle of a bootloader is simple.

When the microcontroller is reset, it begins to execute the code in the protected block. If it does not detect a predetermined hardware event within a certain time (a pull-up or pull-down on a given point, a certain bit sequence from the USART that matches a value in data EEPROM, etc.), it does a one-way jump to the main area of program memory and begins to execute the normal application code.

If the event is detected, however, it goes to its central bootloading routine. This involves receiving data from a serial channel like the USART, verifying its integrity and writing it to the appropriate memory space using the appropriate commands.

Once the routine is done, the device is reset and can now execute the new application code. The only thing that does not change is the bootloader itself, which resides in a write protected memory space.

Bootloaders are best implemented in the PIC18F family of devices, which offer all three of the necessary features discussed above, as well as a wide selection of serial communication options. They can also be implemented in PIC16F mid-range controllers with self-programmable memory arrays; the best example is the PIC16F87XA family, which implements a boot block at the top of program memory.

  Test Code   Test Code.zip
    Win 2000 WIN 2000.zip
    Win Xp WIN XP.zip

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