We’ve been working on a PIC 24F programmer for the Bus Pirate, now we’re working on PIC18F24J50 support. PIC 24Fs and the 18F ‘J’ parts can be programmed directly by the Bus Pirate because they are 3.3volt chips that don’t require a separate programming voltage.
18FJ support means the Bus Pirate can reprogram any Logic Sniffers with firmware or bootloader problems. Our long-term goal is for all projects we’re involved with to be repairable with the Bus Pirate.
The current version of the Bus Pirate programmer software will now successfully erase a PIC 24FJ64GA002 or 18F24J50, read the chip ID, and program a block of flash. You can grab it from SVN.
Next, we’ll add the ability to read a HEX file and write it to the chip. Look for a test release later this week. We’re looking for any interested testers to give us a shout in the forum.