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whats the difference??

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ericgibbs

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is there a difference between a pic and a picaxe or is it an abbreviation?
hi
A PIC is an unprogrammed device, Picaxe is preprogrammed with Interpreter operating firmware, so the user writes his programs in Picaxe Basic.


Link: http://www.picaxe.com/
 
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Jbroadway

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so a pic and a picaxe microcontroller will work the same way just picaxe is written in basic and pic is written in another language like c??
 

ericgibbs

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so a pic and a picaxe microcontroller will work the same way just picaxe is written in basic and pic is written in another language like c??
hi,
Yes, a Pixaxe is a programmed PIC that you have to use Picaxe Basic to write its programs, which are then loaded into the PIC by the user.

A PIC is an unprogrammed IC, which the user has to write programs in C-compiler or Assembler, the hex files are then programmed into the PIC by the user.

EDIT: when you buy the Picaxe IC , it has already been programmed with their Picaxe interpreter
 
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Jbroadway

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i knew about it already being loaded ready for programming i was just confused between a pic and a picaxe but now you have helped thank you very much
 

ericgibbs

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i knew about it already being loaded ready for programming i was just confused between a pic and a picaxe but now you have helped thank you very much
hi J,
Go to their site link in my post #2.
 

4pyros

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Picaxe interpreter is also known as a boot strap. A small program that runs at power up.
 

bryan1

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Picaxe interpreter is also known as a boot strap. A small program that runs at power up.
I think the small bit is an understatement, the picaxe interpreter takes a BIG chunk out of the pic and leaves a bit for the user. Also the speed is throttled right back and when a user wants to upgrade to the real world one will have to start from scratch.....

Also a BOOTLOADER is known as a boot strap from what I have learnt and yes it is only a small program
 
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