The 16F887A datasheet describes the chip as having 8k x 14words Can someone explain this a bit clearer? I'm writing a program, pretty sure I'm not up to that limit but unsure what it really means. Thanks.
A word is the smallest size of instruction you can address in memory. This is different than the smallest size of memory you can address in your program. In your PIC words are 14 bits if I'm reading that correctly. So you've got 8k x 14 bits = 14 KBytes of program space available to you in 14 bit chunks. Basically you can store a program in on-chip memory that's got 8000 instructions in it.
You've got 8096 instructions-worth of program space. Each instruction is 14-bits, so in total that's 14KBytes. Mosty, though, you'll be thinking about it in terms of instructions, so it's just over 8000 instructions. T.