PICKit 3 Debug Express
Friday - 25, July, 2014 (1:52 PM) 3 Comments
It’s been more than 7 years since I built my serial PIC programmer for PIC16/18 uC based on the JMD Programmer, but now I need to work with new microcontroller families like PIC10/12/24/32 so I decided to buy the PICKit 3 for programming and debugging those uC.
It’s been almost three weeks since I received my PICKit3 Debug Express by FedEx, it arrived very fast (2 days) and it came with:
- PICKit 3 Programmer/Debugger (Obviously :P)
- USB Cable (Very long)
- A Poster with pin-out information, etc.
- 44-Pin PIC18F45K20 Demo Board
- ICSP pins
- 1x Switch (RB0/INT0)
- 8x Red leds (PORTD)
- 1x Potentiometer (RA0/AN0)
- Small area for prototyping
The PIC18F45K20 Demo Board came free because in the month of June if you bought the debug express version microchip gave you 60% off, so from 69.99 USD in the end I only paid 42.00 USD + shipping, it’s almost the same price than buying the PK3 alone.
Even though the Demo Board is very simple it helped me a lot to learn how to program and debug my code using the PK3. Also I did all the lessons but they are for C18 compiler only so I had to migrate them to XC8 (If someone wants them ask me in the comment section or by email).
The lessons were:
- Hello LED
- Blink LED
- Rotate LED
- Switch Input
- Using PK3
- Internal Oscillator
- Program Memory
Well that’s all for today, happy programming and until next time.