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Single PIC16F84 audio signal generator

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I'm lookng to convert a PC controlled audio signal generator into a stand-alone unit controlled by a PIC16F84. The existing unit takes it's input as a 24-bit word (3 x 8 bytes) via the PC parallel printer port. Does anyone know if it is possible to convert this unit to run with a single PIC or would i need two ?

I'm loking at take an input from a 4x4 matrix keypad (the desired frequency). The output would be to an LCD 16x2 alphanumeric display and also to the existing audio signal generator circuitry. Any help would be appreciated.


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PIC16F876 (28 pin) has enough I/O pins to do what you want. It has two 8-bit ports and one 6-bit Port which are sufficient enough. Use PA (6-bit) for your LCD (in 4-bit addressing mode), PB for supplying data to signal generator and PC for 4x4 matrix keypad.
If you find that I/O are less then use PIC16F877 (40 pin) which is from same family but has more I/Os.
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