Microchip Technology Inc

PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger

Part Number: PG164130

Microchip’s PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer uses in-circuit debugging logic incorporated into each chip with Flash memory to provide a low-cost hardware debugger and programmer. In-circuit debugging offers these benefits:

  • Low cost
  • Minimum of additional hardware needed for debug
  • Expensive sockets or adapters are not required
The PICkit 3 can now also reprogram any PIC microcontroller with a simple push of a button: Find out more about Programmer-To-Go function*
*Please consult the PICkit 3 readme to determine Programmer To Go device support limitations.

Note: The PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer is NOT a production programmer. It should be used for development purposes only.

The MPLAB PICkit 3 allows debugging and programming of PIC® and dsPIC® Flash microcontrollers at a most affordable price point using the powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The MPLAB PICkit 3 is connected to the design engineer's 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, MPLAB ICD 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™.

If you need older software for programming with your PICkit 3, please visit our archives.

Header Information

Some 8-, 14- and 18-pin devices use small header boards with a special MCU for debugging. This special MCU has extra pins for PICkit 3 communication and therefore allows the use of all pins on the part for the application. The header board is not used or needed for programming. However, when debugging these devices the header must be used. See the "Header Specification" document below.

    • USB (Full speed 12 Mbits/s interface to host PC)
    • Real-time execution
    • MPLAB IDE compatible (free copy included)
    • Built-in over-voltage/short circuit monitor
    • Firmware upgradeable from PC/web download
    • Totally enclosed
    • Supports low voltage to 2.0 volts (2.0v to 6.0v range)
    • Diagnostic LEDs (power, busy, error)
    • Read/write program and data memory of microcontroller
    • Erase of program memory space with verification
    • Freeze-peripherals at breakpoint
    • Program up to 512K byte flash with the Programmer-to-Go*
    • Header Information 

    *Please consult the PICkit 3 readme to determine Programmer To Go device support limitations.

    Some 8-, 14- and 18-pin devices use small header boards with a special MCU for debugging. This special MCU has extra pins for PICkit 3 communication and therefore allows the use of all pins on the part for the application. The header board is not used or needed for programming. However, when debugging these devices the header must be used. See the "Header Specification" document below.

    • One PICkit 3
    • One USB Cable
    Workstation with an available USB port and a Windows, MAC OS, or Linux OS.
DV164131  PICkit 3 Debug Express
The PICkit 3 allows debugging and programming of PIC(R) and dsPIC(R) Flash microcontrollers using the powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and it does this all at a most affordable price point. This kit includes the 44-pin demo board with a PIC18F45K20 microcontroller and a USB cable.
DV164130 PICkit 3 Starter Kit
The PICkit 3 Starter Kit is an update to the PICkit™ 2 Starter Kit. Modifications to the previous Starter Kit (DM164120) were made so that the full functionality of the code can be debugged without the need of a debug header. The software has also been rewritten to accommodate new technologies
 DV164132 F1 Evaluation Kit
The F1 Evaluation Kit is a demonstration/development tool for Enhanced Mid-range PIC microcontrollers (PIC12F1xxx/PIC16F1xxx) and includes the PICkit 3 for quick programming and development. Populated with a PIC16LF1937 featuring XLP technology, this platform consists of a 44-pin development board with prototyping space, 3V LCD glass, support for the Motor Control add-on (DM164130-2), and support for PICkit 3 & PICkit Serial.
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