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Better alternative to building a programmer
« on: October 02, 2008, 05:10:32 AM »
Microchips PICkit2  Retail price of $34.99
http://www.microchipdirect.com/productsearch.aspx?Keywords=PG164120

Directly interfaces with MPLAB IDE, Microchips FREE all inclusive IDE. With simulator.
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 06:28:10 PM »
It does not come with an adapter. You will have to build one.
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 07:53:20 PM »
Yes... if you dont program the chip in circuit, But thats simple enough... a 1.99 board from radioshack and a 5 pin header 5 cents.. But the idea is to program the chip in circuit.

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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 02:06:25 PM »
for $50 you can get the pickit2 and the low pin count demo board.  the demo board has 4 leds, a potentiometer on PortA,0 (gpio,0) pulled up reset button on PortA,3 (gpio,3) and ample room for prototyping.

http://www.microchipdirect.com/productsearch.aspx?Keywords=DV164120

It should be noted that all the software the supports Pickit2(MPLAB IDE, and pickit2 software) is free and is supported by microchip, and remember that is what you are really paying for.  Pickit2 can also be flashed with updated firmware which means that most new chips will be supported so you won't have to wait on legacy issues.

I can't reccomend this kit enough for noob programmers, it will definately reduce the initial pain of getting into microcontrollers.  Programming in circuit is the cat's meow, but just remember the blocking diode so that you don't try to power your whole circuit from the programmer.


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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 02:27:23 PM »
Or buy this one i have and get a serial cable works like a charm.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RS232-H-SPEED-PIC-Programmer-100-satisfied-guaranteed-/380192402303
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010, 04:09:18 PM »
For less if you already have a programmer and just are looking for the PICkit to add to the icsp option on your programmer you can buy a PICkit2 Clone off ebay from a trusted seller for about $25.
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010, 05:30:26 AM »
did you realy just bump your own reply? post count boosting much?

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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2010, 09:03:37 AM »
did you realy just bump your own reply? post count boosting much?

my bad matt i didnt notice sorry.
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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2011, 09:53:37 AM »
I recently ordered a Pickit2 and should receive it today and I was wondering, do I need to have the adaptor or the demo board? Cant I just connect the ICSP part to a breadboard and connect the pins to the corresponding pins for the PIC?

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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2011, 10:23:14 AM »
I recently ordered a Pickit2 and should receive it today and I was wondering, do I need to have the adaptor or the demo board? Cant I just connect the ICSP part to a breadboard and connect the pins to the corresponding pins for the PIC?

yes you can do that however if the PIC is part of a another circuit on the breadboard you will need to take measures to protect the application circuit from programming voltage and from interfering with programming signals

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Re: Better alternative to building a programmer
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2011, 10:40:02 AM »
yes you can do that however if the PIC is part of a another circuit on the breadboard you will need to take measures to protect the application circuit from programming voltage and from interfering with programming signals

Ok phew thats good lol. Thanks hyper