Invention of 8051 micro-controller had proved to be a revolutionary step in the history of embedded system. Being inspired from 8051, various IC manufacturers initiated the development of other architecture with more features and easy interface on chip. New age micro-controllers aims to have varieties of features such as ADC, DAC, RTC, Comparators, Timers and latest communication protocols like UART, I2C, SPI, USB, Ethernet etc. on chip which helps the developers to design system which is compact and power efficient. AVR from Atmel, PIC from Microchip, ARM family, Cortex Series etc. are the major families leading the race.
In this tutorial, we will learn about history along with various families of PIC Controllers.