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!!Finally the PICKIT3 usermanual arrives!!

Discussion in 'Microcontrollers' started by mvs sarma, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. mvs sarma

    mvs sarma Well-Known Member

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    Finally the user manual of Pickit3 is released by Microchip using PIC24FJ256GB106

    I only wonder whether they would release the firmware and whether this chip is in market !!
     
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    Pommie Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Yes, I was looking at it earlier and am rather pleased that it contains the circuit diagram. I wonder if Bill will be making a clone if they release the firmware.

    Mike.
     
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    Since the FPGA rumor I read was wrong it doesn't look to bad. How much is the PK3 anyway?
     
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    There is this link News & Events
    Is it $20 more just so you can debug a PIC32, or am I missing something here? Seems a bit more evolutionary, and a bump on the price to boot. Hopefully they will keep the PicKit 2 current for quite awhile longer.
     
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    I'm still unable to find the actual (usability) difference between pickit2 and pickit3 ?! (except pk3 support few devices more then pk2) ...

    For example, if someone is working 99% with 18F* is there any benefit in purchasing pk3?
     
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    I think the main advantage is speed, the PK2 is very slow when debugging whilst watching a few variables. If you view all the SFRs then expect to wait 10 seconds per step.

    Mike.
     
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    Mike, I know how slow the pk2 is :( but after quick walk-trough the pk3 ds I just got the idea it is "bit faster" nothing else... If it will reduce avg 4sec per step to 1sec per step - it is not "fast enough" imho :( to trigger upgrade from pk2 to pk3... for "initial" purchase maybe, but I still haven't found any reason to upgrade :(
     
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    I'm I'm no rush to get a PK3 aside from the reed case ;)
    All the PICs I use are supported by the PK2 / Junebug. As for speed the single stepping mode is slowed by the number of watch variables you're viewing and do you really need to see more than a handful (you can group them into sets)
    If you're a serious programmer you'll probably want the very fast ICD3 (emulation is fast as it's done internally via an FPGA)
    Most hobbiests / students / experimenters are still using crappy old JDM programmers and have never even used a debugger.
    IMHO between the MPLAB simulator (code testing) and a debugger (I/O, real world) the PK2 is the best PIC programmers tool for less than $50

    I built the Junebug as a tool designed as the programmer built for my kits & breadboarding (the 2x5 connector was chosen for reliability, durability & availability.
     
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    I love my Junebug Bill ;)

    Your decision to go with the 2x5 connector was good one, much better and practical than the 6-pin socket on the PICKit2 I find.
     

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