Microcontrollers

PICkit3

MicrochipÂ’s PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer uses in-circuit debugging logic incorporated into each chip with Flash memory to provide a low-cost hardware debugger and programmer. In-circuit debugging offers these benefits:

  • Low cost
  • Minimum of additional hardware needed for debug

Expensive sockets or adapters are not requiredThe PICkit 3 can now also reprogram any PIC microcontroller with a simple push of a button

Features

  • USB (Full speed 12 Mbits/s interface to host PC)
  • Real-time execution
  • MPLAB IDE compatible (free copy included)
  • Built-in over-voltage/short circuit monitor
  • Firmware upgradeable from PC/web download
  • Totally enclosed
  • Supports low voltage to 2.0 volts (2.0v to 6.0v range)
  • Diagnostic LEDs (power, busy, error)
  • Read/write program and data memory of microcontroller
  • Erase of program memory space with verification
  • Freeze-peripherals at breakpoint
  • Program up to 512K byte flash with the Programmer-to-Go
  • Header Information

Some 8-, 14- and 18-pin devices use small header boards with a special MCU for debugging. This special MCU has extra pins for PICkit 3 communication and therefore allows the use of all pins on the part for the application. The header board is not used or needed for programming. However, when debugging these devices the header must be used. See the "Header Specification" document below.

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