RS Components to host Microchip workshop: USB from Scratch

RS Components is set to host a workshop in conjunction with Microchip at its Bristol Trade Counter, on 25th March 2009 from 9.00am-4.30pm. The one-day event will provide an introduction to USB, covering specification and protocol, the USB peripheral in Microchip’s PIC18F USB microcontroller (MCU), and will conclude with some tips on specific system level design.

The workshop

Attendees should be familiar with Microchip’s PIC18F USB MCUs and have a working knowledge of MPLAB C18. This hands-on class provides an introduction to the MPLAB C18 USB firmware library and will give instruction on how to select a Windows driver to interface a Windows program to an USB device. All practical demonstrations will be based on the PIC18F4550, PICDEM FS USB evaluation board, and MPLAB C18.

Following an introduction to full-speed USB, attendees will be guided through Microchip’s MCHPFSUSB firmware solutions and CDC class RS-232 replacement APIs. Microchip’s PC host custom class USB driver and MCHPFSUSB custom class device framework will also be examined.

Event registration

The seminar will be held at: RS’ Bristol Trade Counter, Day’s Lane, St. Philip’s, Bristol, BS2 0QA. The cost is just £80, which includes lunch and a Microchip PICDEM FS-USB demo board: the DM163025. Places are limited to 10 and will be offered to the first applicants. To register for this event please visit: and scroll to the seminar link in the Tradeshows and Seminars window. Alternatively please send an email to Please quote your RS account and purchase order number in the body of the email.

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