PICKIT2 with 16F84A?

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by blah2222, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. blah2222

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    Hello, I am looking into buying the PICKIT2 but I am wondering what the compatibility is with different types of PICs. I have a PIC24HJ32P202 but I want to practise developing with a PIC16F84A.

    Can I plug either of these MCUs into the development board, offered by Microchip, and program away? Or do I need to tweak the board?

    Thanks
     
  2. t06afre

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    PICKIT 2 do support the 16F84A chip. But not through MPLAB. You have to use the "PICkit 2 Programmer Application" If I was you. I would not have used the 16F84A. It is obsolete like the LM741 opamp. Use a newer chip with more functions. If you do not have to use the 16F84A drop it. I think the 16F88 is a nice replacement for the 16F84A
    Here is a link for all you need regarding PICKIT 2
    http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en027813
     
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  3. blah2222

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    Thank you!

    What would you guys suggest to be the best development board for starting out? I would like to learn programming in C and assembly.

    1) PICkit™ 2 Debug Express - $50
    [​IMG]
    • PICkit 2 Development Programmer/Debugger
    • 44-pin demo board with PIC16F887 Midrange PIC microcontroller
    2) PICkit™ 2 Starter Kit - $50
    [​IMG]

    • PICkit 2 Development Programmer/Debugger
    • Low pin count demo board supporting 8/14/20-pin mid range PIC microcontrollers
    • 20-pin PIC16F690 Midrange microcontroller
    3) PIC18F4XK20 Starter Kit - $100
    [​IMG]

    • PICkit 2 Development Programmer/Debugger
    • PIC18F4XK20 Starter Kit board with PIC18F46K20 microcontroller and OLED display.
    OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:

    - I already own a PIC24HJ32P202 and wouldn't mind being able to use it
    - I am a beginner and am hoping the tutorials offered by Microchip will be sufficient in helping me get started

    Thanks!
     
  4. blah2222

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    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  5. someonesdad

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    I've used both the PICkit 2 starter kit and the PICDEM Lab. I like them both, but I think the PICDEM Lab is a better tool to get you up and running. The PICkit 2 starter kit (you'll find) has all of its tutorials in assembly. This isn't bad, as learning some assembly helps you learn the architecture. The PICDEM Lab stuff was in C IIRC.
     
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