Tag Archives: Programmer

Making A Pickit 3 Clone

Make Your Own Pic Programmer and Debugger. by reviahh @ reviahh.wordpress.com

After using the Microchip tools to program and debug the projects I work on, I wondered about creating my own programming/debugging module that I could put on my own boards – just like Microchip does with their starter kits and such. As I became more interested in that idea, I began to search the web to see if anyone else had already done something similar. Initially, I found lots of posts regarding the 2nd version of the Pickit – the Pickit 2, but not as much regarding the latest version – the Pickit 3 – which is what I need to program the 32 bit pic processors that I am using.

Making A Pickit 3 Clone – [Link]

WiLoader : The WiFi Programmer for Arduino & AVR


The new generation of programmers that use WiFi instead of cables. Program, control and monitor Robots, AVR and Arduino over WiFi.

Have you ever thought of programming wirelessly ? WiLoader is the answer. But HOW ???? WiLoader easily connects to your WiFi network, then you can program your AVR, Arduino boards, Robots and other targets like them. It doesn’t need any kind of cable for computer connection, especially those huge old USB ones. Because it employs WiFi, even your smartphone can be used to configure, communicate, control and monitor your targets via a WiFi-UART bridge.

WiLoader : The WiFi Programmer for Arduino & AVR – [Link]

Simple & Cheap Arduino Uno ATmega328 Programmer


Here’s how to build a simple & cheap Arduino Uno ATmega328 Programmer by

Simple & Cheap Arduino Uno ATmega328 Programmer – [Link]

USBpicprog – a free and open source usb pic programmer


USBpicprog is an open source Microchip PIC programmer for the USB port based on PIC18F2550. PC Software, Firmware and Hardware are open source and available for free.

The hardware is built around a microchip PIC18F2550, this microcontroller has on board USB capabilities. The schematic and PCB have been designed in Kicad, an open source EDA solution
The PCB files are available in Gerber format and the schematic in pdf in the download section so that you can open them with your favourite tool.

USBpicprog – a free and open source usb pic programmer – [Link]

Build Your Own PICKit 2 Programmer


pulsetronics.blogspot.com.ng has build a nice version of PICKIT Programmer:

This is my PICkit 2 clone design. Its based on a simplified version of the Microchip PICkit 2 schematic and only supports 5v parts. It works with all the Microchip software including MPLAB, MPLABX,the PICkit 2 GUI Programming software and the PICkit 2 command line software.

It can be used with the PICkit 2 GUI Terminal Software and the PICkit 2 GUI Logic Analyzer. Best of all its an all leaded design that you can build in about an hour if you have of the parts.

Because this design is simplified and uses a fixed voltage reference, the programmer voltage cannot be controlled by the PICkit 2 software settings to lower the voltage. It also cannot do the “Vpp First” mode which in rare cases you may need to re-program a PIC that has a very fast internal oscillator and internal MCLR enabled.

Build Your Own PICKit 2 Programmer – [Link]

USB PIC Programmer

DSCF2014-1024x768Stefano Purchiaroni rebuild a USB PIC Programmer that he found online. He writes:

This page is dedicated to everybody needs to program a PIC (Microchip) device via USB port. Looking on the web for ready-to-use projects, I found a good one called Open Programmer, coming with several schematics, PCBs and Open Source code. The original link is http://openprog.altervista.org/OP_ita.html

What concerned me was the need to mount, on the mainboard, a specific socket board depending on the model of PIC being programmed. Moreover, the proposed layout did not meet my personal “compact look” ideas. So, I propose hereafter a small layout version of that circuit, adopting a single smart on-board ZIF socket. This version sacrifices many non-PIC microcontroller models. I will thank everybody proposing a larger range implementation, suitable to program Atmel and other devices. Anyway, if your goal is to program PIC devices, you are on the good site.

A small box, a USB connector, a ZIF socket, two leds. That’all in my compact proposal.

USB PIC Programmer -[Link]