Hot!Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs

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2018/12/02 19:09:30 (permalink)
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Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs

The HPC is a neat board with all the IO labelled.  I got it for a PIC18F27J13 which did not work. MPLAB indicates "not supported".  It seems there is no evidence to support the product page claim that it is for 8-bit PICs and new users.   There is a /doc/Device Support.htm but that is only for PICkits and ICD.  So one should contact tech support before ordering a PIC for Curiousity.  Be prepared to wait a week for the wrong answer.
 
I now use the HPC with a PIC18F27K40 which is working fine. I also found that MPLAB X 5.05 works best on Linux which does not have the USB issues given by Windows 10.
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    Re: Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs 2018/12/02 20:30:24 (permalink)
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    Hi,
    The PICkit On Board in the HPC development board do not have a level translator and connection for PGM pin,
    and do not have a charge pump for High Voltage programming.
    Thus it will only be useable for newer PIC devices that may be programmed by LVP without a PGM pin.
     
    Then in MPLAB X there is a table inside a Java package file, with a list of which PIC devices shall have Yellow or Green markers for programming and debug support.
    Unfortunately, Microchip do Not update this table for all devices that may use the PKOB debugger on the HPC board,
    only those devices they have bothered to test.
     
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    Re: Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs 2018/12/02 20:43:12 (permalink)
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    Hi Mysil:
    Your post should appear as a disclaimer on https://www.microchip.com/developmenttools/ProductDetails/DM164136#additional-summary
    Pity the first-time users.
     
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    Re: Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs 2018/12/02 21:27:25 (permalink)
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    Hi again,
     
    See this thread for description of how to edit device support table for PKOB
    to support additional devices:
    https://www.microchip.com/forums/FindPost/1051567
     
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    Re: Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs 2018/12/03 15:03:09 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the tip.  The fix is doable but my client dropped the J series PIC in favour of K.
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    Re: Curiousity HPC DM164136 Not for all 8-bit PICs 2019/01/30 12:53:12 (permalink)
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    You can always check the product page and the 'Development Environment' tab should tell you if HPC is supported.
    https://www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/en/PIC18F27K40 - This is supported.
    https://www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/en/PIC18F27J13 - This is not supported.
    If MPLAB X doesn't show PKOB support for a valid device, that needs to be reported.
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