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USB Small Peripheral Board (aka PIC18F14K50 Board)

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Recently I’ve working with the little but smart PIC18F14K50 (or your low voltage version, PIC18LF14K50). These chips are cheap (about $2,5 at Mouser) and have low pin count, but very impressive specs:

  • USB V2.0 (low and high speed);
  • NanoWatt feature (sleep with 24nA!);
  • 10-bit A/D converters with auto-acquisition;
  • PWM;
  • Several Internal Clock modes;
  • 16KB Program Flash Memory;
  • 768B SRAM;

They help me with USB development. The low pin count don’t became a problem because most of times, my projects don’t use all them (in case os PIC18F4550 or PIC18F2550).

I think that it’s a good choice to design some little USB devices, like:

  • A USB accelerometer;
  • A USB thermometer;
  • A USB logger;
  • A USB GPS;

The possibilities are awesome!

Microchip develops a kit, called “Low Pin Count USB Development Kit” to present this chip. But the Microchip kit have dimensions, don’t very suitable to work like a real USB peripheral.

So I design a little board, with minimum parts to make it work. The board is a first prototype, a experiment. If works, I’ll improve it with more polish design and features, and design one with PIC18LF14K50 for 3.3v native support  and etc.

You can see the circuit and board below:


Written by forrequi

December 23, 2009 at 03:16

Posted in electronic, pcb, projects, USB

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  1. I don’t believe! Just one led dear? I’ll need see for believe. 😉


    December 27, 2009 at 21:13

  2. Ever considered sharing your Eagle files/libraries for this handy breakout board? I need a similar board to experiment with, so it would be nice to have a shared resource to start with.


    March 1, 2010 at 17:33

    • Off course I do it. Please, mail me and I’ll sent you the files.


      March 1, 2010 at 21:37

  3. I would e-mail you but I can’t seem to find your e-mail address anywhere. Can you e-mail me at the address used for this comment? Thanks.


    March 3, 2010 at 22:21

  4. If a new post becomes out there or if perhaps any modifications occur on your web page, I would really like to read far more and locating out the best way to make fantastic usage of those approaches you talk about.

    Georgianna Legoullon

    December 23, 2011 at 15:09

  5. This part doesn’t have high speed usb as you have claimed.

    Errata Guy

    August 11, 2012 at 23:59

    • Interesting. The datasheet show they are 12Mbits/s and 1.5Mbits/s capable.


      August 12, 2012 at 04:24

  6. Did you finish with this? I would like the Eagle files as well…


    January 26, 2015 at 20:00

  7. Could I please have the PCB files too. This will be an ideal project for our after school science club!


    August 8, 2015 at 23:36

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