# Help Breadboarding PIC 12F683 Programming Circuit

#### PICNewbee

Joined Mar 31, 2017
355
Is this the right component to use?

http://www.gravitech.us/ftusbtouabrb.html

We order a ton of stuff from them and it's easier to include something

with an order than order something else and get pounded on shipping

Thanks!

Joined Jan 15, 2015
5,609
Yeah, if you want to communicate with and program a PIC 12F683 or similar that will get you from USB to your PIC.

Ron

#### PICNewbee

Joined Mar 31, 2017
355
Great!

Thanks!

Are the included pin headers usable?

Do you just push them in or do they have to be soldered?

Joined Jan 15, 2015
5,609
Great!

Thanks!

Will go ahead and order one.

Will have questions when I'm wiring it.
Just come back with questions. Years ago I experimented with PICAXE and used their AXE027 USB cable the heart of which is a FT232RQ and shows up on the last page of the link.

Ron

#### DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
6,533
You need a programmer, not a USB-to-Serial adapter.

The programming software in your computer issues instructions and data to a programmer that interprets the instructions and applies the data to the controller as necessary -in other words the thing that sits between your computer and the controller needs to have some "smarts".

Below is a link to a good programmer for development. Clones are available.

Pickit3 from Microchip

#### ErnieM

Joined Apr 24, 2011
8,053
Is this the right component to use?
That begs the question "just what do you want to use it for?"

It makes one way to easily see serial data on your PC, but it is NOT a programmer.

Even the simplest PIC programmers like the PICkit II can not only do in circuit programming they can also do in circuit debugging. So if you can leave the programing pins free (and I recommend doing this) you can do all that with your programmer.