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Microchip PIC Programmer, PICSTART Plus compatible, USB US$48.26

Microchip PIC Programmer, PICSTART Plus compatible, USB

Low-cost PIC programmer with USB port

This PIC Programmer is both an out-of-circuit and in-circuit programmer for all Microchip PIC devices that are supported by Microchip's own free MPLAB software, with the exception of PIC17xxx. It performs blank check, read, program, and verify.

The USB driver for this programmer will install a virtual serial (COM) port on your PC. The MPLAB software will think it is talking to Microchip's serial-port PICSTART Plus programmer. PIC-MCP-USB is compatible with MPLAB v7.52 through v8.92. Like the PICSTART Plus, it is not compatible with MPLAB X.

This programmer uses an FT232BM chip to handle the USB virtual COM port. The USB driver is not shipped with this programmer; download the drivers for Windows (tested with 2000, XP, and Windows 7 both 32- and 64-bit). Do not use drivers newer than version 2.04.06!

Firmware upgrading is accomplished through the USB port with a simple update program run on your PC. Just download the firmware update (version 1.30), connect the PIC-MCP-USB to your USB port and wait for the Virtual COM port to be set up, then run the PIC-MCP-upgrade.exe update application and direct it to the Virtual COM port. When it reports a successful upgrade, unplug the PIC-MCP-USB, wait for Windows to unload the Virtual COM port, then plug it back in. You should not ever need to upgrade the firmware, however.

In standalone mode, a gold-plated ZIF socket is used to program 8-, 18-, 28- and 40-pin PICs in DIP form. By setting a jumper, the PIC-MCP-USB becomes an in-circuit programmer using a 0.1"-spaced six-pin ICSP connector.

The PIC-MCP-USB measures 100 80 mm (3.9 3.15"). It comes fully assembled and tested. It does not ship with any documentation or software.

What to do if you accidentally install newer FTDI drivers

FTDI drivers beyond version 2.04.06 do not work with this programmer. If you have installed newer drivers, you will continually get a message that the firmware needs to be updated, and the programmer will be unusable. Follow these steps to uninstall the newer drivers and get your programmer working again:

First, download the FTClean utility and unzip it. Run the FTClean.exe and leave FTDI set to "VID(hix)" but enter 6001 in the PID field. Then click the "Clean System" button, disconnect the PIC-MCP-USB from the computer, and agree to the uninstallation. Wait for a few seconds until the cleaning process is complete.

Then, before you plug the PIC-MCP-USB back into the computer, make sure you have disabled the driver auto-search (auto-update) in Windows if your version of Windows has such a feature. Plug in the device and manually point the hardware driver installation wizard to the folder where you have unzipped the V2.04.06 drivers. If there is a warning message when the PIC-MCP-USB is enabled, just ignore it.

Ships from: USA
Leadtime: In stock

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 07 March, 2006.


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