I bought a programmer to work with microcontrollers of Microchip Technology. Available microcontrollers of the company for more than 40 years, today there are more than 500 types. I bought on Aliexpress here.
Today PIC microcontrollers is the most common in the world. Supported chips 10, 12C, 12F, 16C, 16F and 18 series, it is nearly 200 types, most commonly used produced in 6, 8, 14, 20, 28, 40 lead buildings.
The device is well-made, high-quality soldering, no traces of the flux. Wide 40 pin ZIF panel (panel with zero effort) is designed for easy installation without the efforts of the programmable IC.
Perhaps programming ICSP, in-circuit, which will be supplied with a suitable cable. For connection to PC included is a USB cable of type A, B, 4 plastic feet mounted at the corners of the Board that allow you to put a fee on any surface, avoiding contact of the Board with a table.
A programmer working under control of OS from Windows 98 to Windows 8, with the tenth version don’t know — not tested. The main chip of the device is the controller 16F628A and providing PL2303 USB computer connection.
Connecting to a computer
After the programmer is connected to your computer via a USB cable type «A»- type «B» (this type of cable is used to connect printers, MFPs, scanners). On the Board turns on the red led power indicator on the Board.
On the Windows 7 computer I have the driver stood alone, on a laptop running XP you need to download from the website of the Prolific, manufacturers of PL2303 and install it manually. For programming use a program from DIY K150. Can and firmware from Microchip Technology MPLAB8.8, but for me as a DIY K150 easier and simpler.
How to use
The programming is quite simple. Opening the program to request a custom COM port. In device Manager, find the port that is connected to the programmer, in this case, the 4th port
The program set the required 4th port:
And confirm by pressing OK:
All the settings ended, in the corner you can see the port number in the picture to the right shows how to install the chip in the socket.
The programming process – a matter of minutes. After all the above settings, it is sufficient to load into the firmware file and click «Program». A few seconds and the firmware filled, the work is completed.
Read before purchase programmer in online reviews, some wrote that the problem was with the firmware of some types of chips. How true they don’t know, ask a programmer for more than 70 microcontrollers more than 20 kinds and for myself and for friends. No problems have arisen.
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Again, bought on Aliexpress here from this seller.