PICKIT3.5 PIC KIT3.5 PICKIT 3.5 Programmer Offline Programming Simulation PIC Microcontroller Chip: PICkit3 Microchip In-Circuit Debugger / Programmer uses in-circuit logic debugging built into each chip with Flash memory to provide a low-cost hardware debugger and programmer. and this is the 3.5 Upgrade Kit, the best choice! after the upgrade advantages:
The PicKit3 is an official Programmer cum Debugger from Microchip Technologies for PIC Microcontrollers.
|Pin Number||Pin Name||Description|
|1||MCLR/Vpp||Connected to Master clear external reset pin of PIC to reset the MCU before programming|
|2||VDD (Target)||Target voltage of PIC, 5V or 3.3V|
|3||Ground||Ground pin of the system|
|4||PGD/ICSPDAT||Program Data(PDG) is connected to the In Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) data pin|
|5||PGC/ICSPCLK||Program Clock (PGC) is connected to In Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) clock pin|
|6||No connection||This pin is reserved for future use|
The PicKit3 can be used with MPLAX IDE running on Windows Platform to program or debug PIC Microcontrollers that support ICSP – In Circuit Serial Programming. Meaning the PIC can be programmed with only 2-wires (2-pins) PGD and PGC excluding the power pins.
When you purchase a PicKit 3 you will also get an USB cable, CD and header pins along with it. The USB cable is used to interface the PicKit 3 with PC and CD consists of the driver for your windows to recognize the PicKit 3. Apart from that the PicKit 3 itself has some on-board diagnostic LEDs and push button.
The Pickit 2 is the predecessor of PicKit 3. Both do almost the same job, but Pickit 3 has some additional options and supports for latest versions of PIC. Also debugging will be a bit faster than Pickit 2. If you are a beginner, then even Pickit 2 would work fine. If you are looking for more advanced options like Logic analyzer built-in then have a look at ICD3.