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New $14 MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer allows affordable, fast and easy debugging and programming of most PIC®, dsPIC® and AVR flash MCUs  and it's $14 only

http://www.microchip.com/developmenttoo ... =MPLABSnap



 I sincerly don't understand Microchip marketing strategy.

the differences from PICKit4 can be found in this document on Page 4 
http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/D ... 02787A.pdf

Re: New $14 MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

Reply #1
Interesting how they tout the PicKit4 as a production programmer now - I thought the PicKit range were all dev only.

Main problem I can see with this is that being a bare PCB it will break much faster. How many of us ground ourselves every time we pick something up, or have a desk clear of metal objects?

All that said, to me the main reason I've not upgraded beyond the PICKit3 is the software. The MPLab IPE is shockingly bad to use. The old PICKit2 interface (upgraded for the PICKit3) is so much easier and faster to use, I really can't understand why they got rid of it in favour of an IPE that takes an age to load and can't automatically ID chips.

Re: New $14 MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

Reply #2
> The old PICKit2 interface (upgraded for the PICKit3) is so much easier and faster to use,

I recently discovered the PICkit2Plus and PICkit3Plus GUI programs for the PICkit2 and 3 from one of the Great Cow BASIC developers. So far I've only been using the PICkit2Plus which has been upgraded to cope with the new enhanced mid range 8 bit PICs - it's not just a new dat file, but the new scripts needed to program the current and newer chips. I have also had the bandgap bug for chips like the PIC12F675 fixed (the value is preserved, and can now be changed if it's been corrupted by the original PICkit2 GUI).

A donation (£23 GBP) is required which goes toward a three-year code-signing certificate to make Windows happy. The code was offered to Microchip but they were not interested (predictable I guess, they have their shiny new PICkit4 with "pay per feature" software).

See https://github.com/Anobium/PICKit-Plus for supported 8 bit PICs. New ones added on request.

Re: New $14 MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

Reply #3
PICkitPlus software upgraded for HEF/SAF optional memory preservation during programming and erase operations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urK8-ja1isI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1ocK39FRwg

Another issue that has been resolved is the bandgap preservation and reprogramming for chips like the 12F675 (bug in the old GUI programs overwrote the bandgap and it could not be restored easily).

Re: New $14 MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

Reply #4
Sounds interesting, one question though, I may be looking in the wrong place, but where do you download this from?

Or do you have to make a donation to get the code? Reason I ask is that I'm having problems with my PICKit3 on my new machine, it isn't recognised by Windows or the old scripting app yet somehow MPLAB IPE works with it. If there is some incompatibility that would prevent this working then no point getting it, so I'd like to test before I buy.