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Microchip PICkit 2 Starter Kit?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Hammy, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. Hammy

    Hammy Guest

  2. Randy Day

    Randy Day Guest

    I give it a thumbs up. I love being able to code-compile-
    load-test-repeat. It programs PICs faster than anything I
    use at work, and has withstood stupid wiring mistakes that
    should have fried it.

    The two times I thought I fried it, all I had to do was
    reload the PK2 firmware; problem solved.

    If you choose your pin functions right, you can wire it up
    to program in-circuit on a breadboard or PCB.

    I haven't used ICD at all, so I can't comment on that

  3. You may want to look at the MPS430 kits too (from TI). They support
    jtag for debug, which is pretty useful. The PIC can do simulation, but
    that doesn't help much in some situations.

    One cool kit TI has is a wireless system, where a usb dongle connects
    to the uC card remotely. Unfortunately, you can't use it to program
    new devices, but you can buy device cards pretty cheaply.

    I like the architecture of the MPS430 chips.

    However, the PIC is pretty easy to work with, and you can program new
    chips with the pickit. I have one, and it was great fun getting to
    know uCs with it.

    Bob Monsen
  4. Hammy

    Hammy Guest

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    I purchased the PICkit 2 starter kit.

    I'll blow the dust off my computer books from school which included
    the MC68HC11, and see how things go. Hopefully it comes back quickly.

    I'll keep the MPS430 in mind for future refrence.
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