Description: This is the new PICkit 3 from Microchip. If you want an official programmer from Microchip, this is it! The PICkit 3 allows debugging and programming of PIC and dsPIC microcontrollers using the powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The MPLAB PICkit 3 is connected to a PC using a full speed USB interface and can be connected to the target via an Microchip debug (RJ-11) connector (compatible with MPLAB ICD 2/ 3 and MPLAB REAL ICE). The connector uses two device I/O pins and the reset line to implement in-circuit debugging and In-Circuit Serial Programming. miniUSB cable included.
Based on 3 ratings:
No issues using this with my 2012 MacBook Pro Retina and MPLAB X.
used this for academia (PIC development). Installs easily and lots of documentation that you really only need to reference as you employ it under more complex situations (so for startup – plug ‘n play). Haven’t used it as a debugger yet. Only annoying thing is that I can’t put it in some sort of high-z/passive mode after programming, so lots of times I have to remove it after burning application. Ie. program ICSP lines are mux’d with IO. I also like the programmer tool and easy recognition/integration with Microchips IDE environment. I’m looking forward to also using it as a debugger in the future.
I have been programing PIC’s before install. I have been modifying my circuits with the PICkit so I can make changes latter. Quite affordable for what it does.