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cjay
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Post Number: 100
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 July, 2014 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've already got three PICKit2 programmers, is it worth the effort and expense to 'upgrade' to the PICKit3 or should I stick with my trusty PICKit2s?

What are the pros and cons?

Is there any difference in the 'new' LPC demo board apart from processor?

Have the 'problems' with programming speed been resolved, are the LEDs now brighter and do you still have to reflash the device every time you choose a new target processor?
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bowden_p
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 July, 2014 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi cjay,
I have a recent PICKit3, bought for hobby use, and the LEDs are certainly bright enough for use in a well lit room. I use it with MPLAB IDE, which does download new firmware if you change processor family, but it isn't that time-consuming really. If you are re-programming multiple different family processors frequently in a project, then it could get irksome I suppose. Changing between Midrance and Enhanced Midrange firmware takes about 10s, followed by a self-test, firmware confirmation and connection status.

I didn't get the demo board, and have no experience with the PICKit2 to compare.

It has the "programmer-to-go" feature, but I can't see my using that just yet.

I believe MICROCHIP don't intend to support PICKit2 with any new processors in the future.

With regards, Paul.
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mikehibbett
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Posted on Thursday, 03 July, 2014 - 09:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Go PicKit3. New processors will not be supported on PicKit2.

I've heard (although have not confirmed) that the pickit3 is discounted by 40% this month on the Microchip website

Cheers,

Mike.
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cjay
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Posted on Friday, 04 July, 2014 - 07:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Done, see the 40% thread.

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