Mini breakout board for 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers

This mini breakout board is designed to simplify prototyping and experimentation work with the popular 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers. It is small in size (1.95″ X 0.75″) and is breadboard friendly.

Mini breakout board for 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers

It supports PIC16F84A, PIC16F628A, PIC16F88, PIC16F648A, PIC16F1827, PIC16F1847, and other 18-pin microcontrollers in the same series.


  • On board Reset switch and decoupling capacitor
  • Easily plug into breadboard
  • On board ceramic resonator (20MHz)
  • ICSP header for PICKit2/3 connection
  • All 18 pins of the microcontroller are broken out to a breadboard friendly 0.1″ pitch header

Circuit diagram of mini PIC breakout board

We are selling this as a kit for $7.50 on Tindie. The kit does not include any microcontroller. The following picture shows the components that you will find in the kit.

Mini PIC breakout board kit

Assembled PIC breakout board without the microcontroller

Pin configuration on the board

Connecting the PICkit3 to the ICSP header

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Update (March 21, 2013)

The new PCBs are manufactured from OSH Park and of better quality. Here are the soldering instructions for this kit.

1. The Mini breakout board kit consists of the following parts.

Mini PIC breakout board kit

2. First solder the low profile components (resistors R1 and R2, capacitor C1, resonator, LED, and tact switch). R1 is 10K and R2 is 470 Ohm. The LED is turned on when you power (+5V) the breakout board.

Solder low profile components first

3. Next solder the 18-pin DIP socket.

Reference image for placing the DIP IC socket on the board

4. The headers should be soldered last. You can place the straight headers and the board on a breadboard during soldering. It helps to align the headers straight.

Solder straight headers last. Use a breadboard for perfect alignment.

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