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'[PIC] PICKIT-2 (Was Comments on the EasyProg kit)'
The PICKIT 2 hardware is capable enough to replace almost every PIC
It is close to production standard only lacking the ability to push
Vdd above 5V.
Still it is more quasi-production standard than pseudo-production standard.
It can control VPP as is now a requirement for supporting some later PICs and
it has the hardware to support all the 3.3V range of 18F, PIC24 and
It is a fast, efficient programmer that does not require an external
when used as a USB programmer. It also has the capability of
operating stand alone
although it doesn't appear to have a separate power connector.
The PICKIT 2 has a Auxiliary output that with an I/O expander (or
three) could really
open up some interesting possibilities.
This makes it far more capable than most programmers that I'm aware
off and at the
low price it is been offered it is a <insert you programmer here> KILLER.
Of course it needs good software and firmware support. Here is where
I am looking to
see if there is a opening for me. The WARP-13 USB firmware with its
FULL list of
PIC devices, and extra support including 24C, 25C, and 93C serial
interface and hopefully soon data flash support could easily be
bootloaded in as an
"As an option" is the part I really like and want to work on. It
would be great if
people could buy this hardware expecting only what microchip is offering, and
relying on microchip support, with the option of trying out my
additions. If they
don't work then you don't pay. If you pay you accept my work "as is" and
I sleep well at night knowing that I did not "dud" anyone.
I really think that with a bootloader, USB, onboard switch and eeprom this
is a really versatile unit and it will be heavily cloned, hacked, expanded and
otherwise evilly tortured. Already I can see mine with a graphic LCD attached.
Now, if I only had some money to buy one... ;-)
Home of the famous WARP-13 PIC programmer.
NEWFOUND ELECTRONICS P/L
With the endorsement of two heavy weight PIC programmer
developers, PICKit 2 will become more and more popular. ;-)
As for PICkit 2 clones, I have not seen one yet. It is also not
so easy to built by oneself as Wisp628. Commercial clones might not
earn too much as well since US$35 is the upper cap here.
However I think it can still be made under US$15 without the
casing (plastic mould is quite expensive for low quantity product).
An better clone may combine the PICkit 2 with the LPC
demo board which can be made under US$20 and selling
If you subscribed to pickit-devel mailing list, you will know
that even the developers have not really know the full potential
of PICkit 2.
I like Jim's idea of value-adding the PICkit 2. PICkit 2 is very hackable.
It can be a capable programmer. It can be a cheap USB scope
or logic analyser. It can be a USB-Basic Stamp. It can be
a USB-Python-Stamp. It is really veey versatile.
If a PICkit 2 clone is without the casing but supply an expand header,
it will be even more hackable. Providing an extra supply input is
a good idea to facilitate expansion of LCD, RS232, keyboard, mouse, ...
On 10/9/05, Jim Robertson <newfoundelectronics.com> wrote: jimpl
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