Upgrade to PICkit3 or ICD3

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by raychar, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. raychar

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    Nov 8, 2011
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    Hello everybody,

    My IDC2 seems to be out-dated when i am going to update to MPLABX. Which one is better for me to purchase; PICKit3 and ICD3? What's the meaning for PICkit3 information page's warning that it is not a programmer for production use, i sometimes use debugger to program for only a dozen MCUs during initial production.

    I have middle to low level microcontroller knowledge and won't use much debugging functions in high end debugger.

    Thanks,
     
  2. ErnieM

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    Apr 24, 2011
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    I've set up a few PM3 production programmers in my time. These go for $900 USD and must actually be a source of income to Microchip.

    A "production programmer" does some more checking when programming and verifying each device programmed, AFAIK this is checking the memory at the extremes of power supply voltage.

    I have the ICD3 and the PICkit 2 and the 3. My favorite is actually the PICkit 2 as it has an excellent stand-along application program where you can check the pins and voltages.

    I don't see much difference between the ICD3 and the PICkit 3 besides price. They both seem to do the same job.

    Final answer: if I was just going to buy one device it would be the PICkit 3 hands down.
     
  3. raychar

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    Nov 8, 2011
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    Much thanks for the information.
     
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