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Offline Anobium

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PICKit 2Plus
« on: April 08, 2018, 01:35:07 am »
PICKit 2Plus

I am looking for folks willing to test PICKit 2Plus.

PICKit 2Plus is a complete replacement for the existing PICKit 2 Graphical User Interface software but PICKit 2Plus supports programming the latest 8-bit microntrollers.  This means... your old PICKit 2 will program the newer microcontrollers.

PICKit 2Plus is intended to bridge the gap between being frustrated by finding 'that new chip is not supported by a Pickit2', having to buy a new PICKit3 and... having to use MPLAB-X.   I think you can use your old PICKit2 buy using PICKit 2Plus.

PICKit 2Plus software is NOT simply a hack but a new evolution of the software.  Yes there is an updated database but the PICKit 2Plus software has been revised to support completely new/different methods of microcontroller programming.  The PICKit 2Plus software also supports Windows 10.  Testing has included Windows 10, 7 and XP.

A short list of newer microcontollers supported is shown below:


**PIC16F18313              0x00003066   
**PIC16F18323              0x00003067   
**PIC16F18324              0x0000303A   
**PIC16F18325              0x0000303E   
**PIC16F18326              0x000030A4   
**PIC16F18344              0x0000303B   
**PIC16F18345              0x0000303F   
**PIC16F18346              0x000030A5   
**PIC16F18854              0x0000306A   
**PIC16F18855              0x0000306C   
**PIC16F18856              0x00003070   
**PIC16F18857              0x00003074   
**PIC16F18875              0x0000306D   
**PIC16F18876              0x00003071   
**PIC16F18877              0x00003075   
**PIC16F19156              0x00003098   
**PIC16LF18313             0x00003068   
**PIC16LF18323             0x00003069   
**PIC16LF18324             0x0000303C   
**PIC16LF18325             0x00003040   
**PIC16LF18326             0x000030A6   
**PIC16LF18344             0x0000303D   
**PIC16LF18345             0x00003041   
**PIC16LF18346             0x000030A7   
**PIC16LF18854             0x0000306B   
**PIC16LF18855             0x0000306E   
**PIC16LF18856             0x00003072   
**PIC16LF18857             0x00003076   
**PIC16LF18875             0x0000306F   
**PIC16LF18876             0x00003073   
**PIC16LF18877             0x00003077   
**PIC18F24K42              0x00006CA0   
**PIC18F25K42              0x00006C80   


PICKit 3Plus

I have the same functionality for the PICKit 3Plus.  I have the code ready but I want to test the code base on the PICKit2, resolve any issues or 'give up' if this software does not work.

So....

In the context that you can use MPLAB-X with a host of programmers (Pks etc) - is this worthwhile?  If you think so - then let me know.


Anobium

P.S.  I have a few friends test PICKIT2 Plus software.  No issues reported - yet.
P.P.S.  This work has been in-conjuction with Norio Sasajima - see http://www.eevblog.com/forum/microcontrollers/pic16f18857-programming-with-pickit2/msg1408795/#msg1408795
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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 03:43:27 am »
Linux support? Specifically on non-x86 like Raspberry Pi where a good use case is when the target system is a distance from the workstation and is connected over the network?
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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 07:40:38 am »
@NiHaoMike  Any variant for any operating system is possible based upon the Microchip programming protocols.  Based on my experience  - programming and SPI (with diags tools) with about 400 hours of time could do the task.   

PICKitPlus for PK2 and PK3 is a Windows Operating System solution.  Tested and validated on XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10.

 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 08:48:00 pm »
Hello :)
Can it tell you the silicon revision?
My stand alone PicKit II software doesn’t seem to. It’s supposed to be the last two locations of program memory.


 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 08:56:21 pm »
Silicon revision can  be added to the user interface.

If  lots  of  folks  want this capability then it can added. 
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 04:31:00 am »
I am interested. I actually don't have a PICKit 2 yet but I am building my own now, cooking my own board in KiCad and putting in some optimizations (e.g. ever heard of AT24CM01?)
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 06:10:42 am »
If its been developed from the Microchip PICkit 2 application open source release, does it still honour the REVS: Y setting in PICkit2.ini to turn on display of  the silicon revision? (see http://www.microchip.com/forums/m216938.aspx )
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 07:18:30 am »
 Let me investigate and report back.
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2018, 07:27:37 am »
Yes.  A  value  is  displayed  but  I  need  to  verify  that value  is  the revision value.

If this is the correct value I will add to the user interface as  permanent display.
 
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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 04:40:38 am »
Is PICKit 2Plus also useable with latest IDE revison of MPLAB v8.92?
I have not yet upgraded to MPLAB-X to keep dev-tool compability of previous projects.
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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 05:06:14 am »
Is PICKit 2Plus also useable with latest IDE revison of MPLAB v8.92?

Gosh.. there is a question a very long time since I used that software. 

If you can find the HEX file - you can use PICKit 2Plus. 
If MPLAB v8.92 used some fancy method driving the PICKit2 then you will be the first find out.  :-)

 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 05:09:05 am »
Testing Results.

Testing is going well.  A few typos fixed and silly errors fixed like ensuring support for Windows 7 does not write ini files to the programs directory.

Still adding parts daily.  The database of parts has not been formally managed for years, so, this is a task that just has to be done. 

Looking good.
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 06:03:48 am »
Any plans for command line support?  It doesn't need to be the full PK2CMD interface (though updating PK2CMD would be an excellent idea to support users with scripted batch programming needs), but it would be very helpful if it could be passed a hex file on the command line + an option for PIC type (in a range of formats including full part name, and with the leading 'PIC' stripped or replaced by a 'P' for non dsPIC parts), or PIC family to autodetect within + some options for target power, MCLR handling etc. + a switch to set the action required and whether or not to ask for user confirmation before performing the action, or confirmation of any errors, so it could easily be invoked as a MPLAB post-build step, or from a MAKE file if using a different IDE.

P.S. please post an announcement to 'PICKit 2 pages on microchip.com totally borked!' @Microchip forum where I preserved the PICkit 2 pages and other PICkit 2 file links when Microchip FUBARed their website back in 2014, and also one on Ric's PicForum wouldn't go amiss.
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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 06:12:06 am »
We are in  process of completion.

We can currently support most of 10f, 12f and 16f and some 18f.  This software is completely new.  It  supports Pk2 and Pk3 ;from  the   same  software.   

Currently adding 16f and 18f newer families.

This is being initially developed for  Great Cow  BASIC  as  was  PICKit Plus.  Great Cow BASIC  has  an IDE where you call the programmer via the command line... so,  this  software  may work in terms of use.
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2018, 05:13:09 pm »
I have added the Silicon Revision to the standard display.

Requested:  I am adding direct access to the Logic Analyser and the USART tools.  You will be able to access these directly without having to navigate through the GUI user interface.

The wider testing has raised one or two minor issues with Windows 7 with respect to file system access control  but I have resolved these issues in the builds after v4.61.0.16.
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2018, 05:44:38 pm »
okay  if i understand  its a stand alone gui tool  who can program  without  mplab ???   i would like to test this sw and get rid of mplab, i have an pick kit 2 and 3 ...     is there a download link somewhere ??
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2018, 04:39:32 pm »
Adding more parts daily.

The parts database has not been maintained for years.

Latest parts can be found here.   https://github.com/Anobium/PICKit-Plus/blob/master/PICKitPlusDevices.txt
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2018, 07:50:18 am »
I would be interested in giving it a try. I have a Pickit 2 here and some PIC16F18313s to program so this sounds like a good tool for the job. I have used the standalone applications for both the Pickit 2 and 3 for a long time, but I always have trouble with their outdated device lists when programming newer devices.
 

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Re: PICKit 2Plus
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2018, 05:03:09 am »
We have completed the development program.  So, we believe the project is completed.

So, drop me a PM and I will can sort.

I will post more news on PICKit Plus once I have a moment and I am over the shock of the response from Microchip! 
 


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