ICSP for PIC16s

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by unsp0ken, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. unsp0ken

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    What's the cheapest way to get an In Circuit Serial Programmer for PIC16 family microcontrollers? Preferably something that will allow me to program a PIC16F628A
     
  2. mrmeval

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  3. unsp0ken

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  4. n9352527

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    I would go with PICkit2 from Microchip. Maybe a little bit more expensive, but worth it in stability and compatibility.

    Most programmers out there can pull the code from a chip, except when the chip is code-protected.
     
  5. Nomad

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    that's basically a JDM style programmer with a lot of added stuff. you can build a cheap JDM programmer, and winpic800, or icprog are free software for programming/reading pics. it will read code from the pic as long as the pic hasn't been code protected.

    If you plan on using pics for more than a one time thing, I'd second the pickit2 recommendation.. It's from Microchip and is under $50 (barely).

    Jdm programmer link:
    http://www.janson-soft.de/pic/pic.htm
    better version JDM programmer:
    http://users.tpg.com.au/btkelly/jdm_b.htm

    there's TONS of them out there, you can even get
    a cheap one off ebay for <$10
     
  6. unsp0ken

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    thanks everyone. i'll go ahead and look into a pickit 2 also.
     
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