Monday, December 31, 2007

PICKIT2 Clone

Just received a PICKIT2 equivalent from the courier service few minutes ago. Works on first plug in... uses Microchip standard software (PICKIT2 and MPLAB) without any other software or driver... real value for money for those developing with PIC...
Had a double AA carrying case next to me... nibbed a small rectangle for the mini USB connector and fixed a double-sided tape to the back... voila... an instant casing for the programmer/debugger... protecting it from short circuit as well as handling abuse...

While I try to find time for the millions of hobby I have, I wish a VERY HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR to all...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

actually most cytron pic programmers r copy from others. even this pickit 2 clone is also copy and is not the latest hardware version.

for me not recommenced coz of
1. not the latest hardware version, even the pic18f source is also old one
2. juz copy coz ferrite bead is not necessary in the design n microchip already modified the hardware design
3. need to reprogram tat pic18f when it is not detected
4. spend juz rm200 already can get the original version of pickit 2 from microchip
5. this version unable 2 read/write eeprom because lack of aux pin

conclusion, if really need a powerful usb programmer pls buy original pickit 2

9W2BSR said...

Hi there anonymous,

I knew the limitation of this unit and it's acceptable to me. I buy it for the size, usb and price. I already made an ICD2 (serial) about 1 year ago and I'll use that for 'demanding' project. For the price, I still believe it's value for money...

Anonymous said...

microchip also copy technologies from others too.huhu..PICkit2,and all of the technologies around all of us are copied from others..so,depends to individual to choose their methods.huhu..i most prefer cytron coz its valuable and easy to use even it is not very very powerful than its creator(microchip)..lets support our local product.hehe.

Anonymous said...

i wonder microchip copy whose technologies?

only Malaysia company copy technology from other countries.

not really support our local product but support our local "clone" product. am i right?

if design the pickit 2 schematic ourself sure the cost is less than rm20.

so imagine cytron is sucker!!!copy others technology(without modified) and resell using its own name and higher price.

9W2BSR said...

With immediate effect, all comments are now moderated.

I put up this blog entry to share my experience on various things. It is not created to allow 'venting' in public.

Various PICKIT2 schematic are available on the net. I can make my own if I want to but Cytron unit appeal to ME as it is small, functionally covers what I want and the price is acceptable to ME. Period.

I do not own Cytron so there is no need for me to promote them. I don't know they exist until I stumble upon their link from another US site. I'm just a happy customer and that's what I want to share.

Cheers...

Anonymous said...

hehe,sorry..i am also a happy customer..so, gud luck everyone and happy always..piece.

Anonymous said...

hi there.... Oh.. seem like some one is not happy with Cytron....hahah! I am not supporter for Cytron nor opposite too... I am just a user of UIC00A. I knew there is PICKit2 which offer hardware schematic and firmware. But when I look at the schematic, it seem to me that some of the components are not common part. I would agree that buying those parts might not cost me RM50, but I don't know. And if those parts are less than RM50, why microchip sell with RM200++?? If they want to prevent people from copy, why do they open the firmware and schematic? Also, did you count in the time that you need to explore the schematic? buying the right component? might burn some? time to solder it.... , are you sure your first prototype will work? After considering all those factor, I would agree more with 9w2bsr, since it is working and cheap price. I have bought it and use it, so far so good. I din update any 18F firmware and also din notice there is a ferrite bead on board. Another thing, if you say they did it without any modification, I would disagree because you should have noticed the board reduce a number of component compare to original, they must have done modification to reach that, right? Yes, Malaysia is copying thing, previously Taiwan is also copy thing, but they can design now. China is copying and they become strong. I don mind Malaysia copy, as long as the product can work..... and of course they help us by offering cheap solution. :)

Anonymous said...

haha, seem like one of the comment is written by cytron boss. Anyway, I think the user has the right to know that UIC00A is actually a pickit2 clone and UP00A is GTP lite and L4128D is JDM programmer.