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  1. White boards look cool ;)

    I have such a question however: I am still holding myself from buying a PIC programmer, ’cause I’m waiting for the adapter board for the BusPirate v3. So, what is the situation with this FT323 based programmer? Is it worth waiting for it or should I wait for the adapter board for the BusPirate?

    1. If you’re interested in getting into PIC programming I highly recommend a PICkit or other programmer with debugging abilities.

      The FT232 programmer is aimed at people who need an emergency reflash, and don’t want to buy a $30 programmer for a specific micro family. It uses existing software to program AVRs/CPLDs/MPS430, and a few others, but it’ll be slow slow slow. We’re writing some (stalled) software to program PICs with the Bus Pirate, and eventually we might be able to throw in an abstraction layer for this board too.

      The Bus Pirate PIC programmer can already program a few new PICs. New PICs don’t need a 13volt supply for programming, but the old ones do. We have a 13volt adapter designed and ready (it should be on the wiki) for the older PICs, but no software to support it. We should probably just put out some experimental hardware to encourage development, but it feels like we should prove it on at least one chip first :) We’ve refined the protocol to the point that it’s actually a prety speedy programmer.

      The software is what really ties up the PIC programmer. It currently works 100% with the 18F24J50 in the OLS, 75% with the 24j64 in the Bus Pirate, and 25% with the 18F2550 in the IR Toy (using the high voltage adapter). The current issue list includes: handling the 16bit PIC hex format properly, dealing with the EEPROM address and config bits on the 8bit chips, some others.

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