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PICkit 4 in-circuit debugger

14 November 2018 Design Automation

The low-cost MPLAB PICkit 4 programming and debugging development tool replaced Microchip Technology’s PICkit 3 programmer by offering five times faster programming, a wider voltage range (1,2 – 5 V), improved USB connectivity and more debugging interface options. In addition to supporting Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs), the tool also supports debugging and programming for the CEC1702 family of hardware cryptography-enabled devices.

This low-cost solution is ideal for those designing in the 8-bit space, but is also perfectly suited for 16- and 32-bit development due, in part, to its 300 MHz, high-performance ATSAME70Q21B microcontroller onboard.

The PICkit 4 enables debugging and programing using the graphical user interface of MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE). The tool connects to the design engineer’s computer using a high-speed USB 2.0 interface and can be connected to the target via an 8-pin single inline header that supports advanced interfaces such as 4-wire JTAG and serial wire debug with streaming data gateway.



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