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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Where to find application programs for BB0703(Enhanced PICkit 2)?

Author: Chaonan Chen, Au Group Electronics
1.Where can I find the "PICkit 2 programmer" for PICkit 2?
(More information is available at Au Electronics Forum too.)
The "PICkit 2 programmer" program (30.2M) is used as stand-alone software for programming, calibration, and trouble-shooting, etc, it is free to download from Microchip web site, the link is:
If you already have a .net framework installed on your computer, you can also try this link (a 3.93M file) for short downloading time:

2.Where can I find the MPLAB IDE?
MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) can be used for both programming and debugging, and it is free to download from Microchip web site; the link for MPLAB IDE v8.20 (87.3M)is:

3.Where can I get the hex file "PK2V02x000.hex" for PICkit 2?
To make a fully functioned PICkit 2 by do it yourself (DIY), a hex file "PK2V02x000.hex" must be burned into the PIC18F2550 chipset. (You will need an extra programmer, such as another PICkit 2 or an ICD2, to download the hex file to the chip)
For the convenient of customers who doesn't have a programming tools / capability, Au Group Electronics does provide a pre-programmed PIC18F2550 chipset (Part #: PPIC18F2550) and a Combo DIY kit (Part #: Combo0703-PP) with pre-programmed PIC18F2550.
The .hex file name may be different depends on the version of MPLAB IDE or the version of PICkit 2 programmer you installed on the computer.
If you installed the MPLAB IDE v8.20, there are two different version of .hex files can be found and either one can be downloaded to the PIC18F2550 chip. The default location is:
C:\Program Files\Microchip\MPLAB IDE\PICkit 2\PK2V021000.hex
C:\Program Files\Microchip\MPLAB IDE\PICkit 2\PK2V022000.hex
If you installed the PICkit 2 Programmer v2.40.00, the default location of the hex file is:
C:\Program Files\Microchip\PICkit 2 v2\ PK2V021000.hex
Note: The above links are active as of February 4, 2009, and may be changed without further notice.

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