PICKit 3 Mini


Reviahh has published a new build, the PICKit 3 Mini:

Previously, I made a Pickit 3 clone – (see previous blog post). It works well, but I have often wondered just how little of its circuitry was needed to program and debug the boards I make. For instance – I primarily use the newer 3.3V PIC32 processors, so I really don’t need the ability to alter the voltage like the standard Pickit 3 can. I also have no real need for programming on the go, or even to provide power to the target MCU to program. Knowing this – I decided to see what I could do to remove the circuitry I didn’t need, yet still have a functioning programmer/debugger.

See the full post at DIY PCB homepage.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this cool project. I use the original PicKit3 a lot and its width often makes it difficult to connect it to my boards because some other nearby connector gets into the way. So at least to me, this slim design has real advantages others than cost & complexity.

    1. When was width ever a problem? The second thing I did (after testing that my PICKit 2 worked) was make a extension cable. I have 2-3 cables for my PICKit 2 & 3 over the years and mostly I use machined pin sockets for boards I make.

      1. Yes, that’s also how I do it, use an extension cable or ar least a ‘spacer’, i.e. a male and female header soldered directly together. However, just having a slimer programmer would be more elegant.

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