PICKit 3 vs PICKit 2 vs clone PICKit 2 … what’s best?

Wow, what a minefield. The new offering from Microchip is the PICKit 3, sounds good until you see Dave Jones’ of www.eevblog.com review:

http://youtu.be/LjfIS65mwn8

(check out the funny reply from Microchip too, but then doesn’t help when the PICKit 3 still doesn’t have the PICKit 2’s logic probe and has dropped some support off, of older chips.

Though Microchip has discontinued PICKit 2 production, it’s source, circuit, firmware etc., has all been made open to the public. This has allowed a number of knock offs, clones and enhanced versions. For example from the AU Group, this one:

http://www.auelectronics.com/System-PICkit2.htm

It’s compatible with the PICKit 2,  has more RAM,  support for low USB voltage – still delivering +5V even when USB supply drops to +3V.

Or MCUMall’s PICKit 2 compatible:

http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4457

Then there’s always the DIY PICKit 2, for example:

http://electronicsadvices.blogspot.com/2009/04/full-featured-pickit2-clone.html

more to follow…

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