I need to design and build an embedded piece of electronics based on a PIC microcontroller.
I am assuming the process is:
- choose chip (PIC16F690)
- prototype code on PicKit breakout board
- prototype on breadboard with associated electronics
- create electronics design in software
- send file to electronics company to make board and install electronics (or is there a step where I solder all this onto a PCB myself?)
- test and order more
Does this sound about right? What are the standard (free?) circuit design software packages for 3?