'Pro-Mate vs. Everything Else (was: "programmer kit'
|Chuck McManis (scndprsn.eng.sun.com) wrote: mcmanis
> Cheapest Kit programmer such as David Taits
> Moderate Parallax "Hobby" programmer
> Moderate+ Microchip's PICSTART programmer
> Moderate++ Parallax's deluxe programmer (Clearview?)
> Expensive Microchip's PICMaster programmer
> Expensive EMP-20, etc.
> One kind (16C84) Kit programmer, no EEPROM parts have
> A/D yet
> Few kinds (16C5x, 16c7x) Microchips PICSTART (16B or 16C)
> Many kinds Parallax "hobby" programmer
> Many Kinds Both microchip PICSTART 16B and 16C
> Many Kinds PICMaster, EMP-20, etc.
> Few per day/week Kit programmer
> Few per day/week Parallax or Microchip "Hobby"
> 10+ per day/ 50+/week PICMaster, EMP-20, etc.
What you're saying, obviously, is that one gets what one pays for. I
have a couple of comments, though.
This is minor, but it bugs me every time I see someone make this
Microchip's production-level programmer is called "Pro-Mate", not
"PIC-Master". The PIC-Master is, of course, Microchip's in-circuit
emulator. Microchip is partly to blame for your confusion; before they
realized that the name was already trademarked by DATA I/O, they called
their programmer a "Pro-Master".
I'm not at all familiar with Parallax's hardware, but I believe that
their "Clearview" products are emulators, too.
Ok... The main point:
Your third criterion (number of parts programmed) shouldn't really be an
issue. The difference in programming speed between the "hobby"
programmers (Microchip's PICSTART or Parallax's DOWNLOADER) and the
much-more-expensive Pro-Mate is fairly slight, and, in the case of the
PICSTART-to-Pro-Mate upgrade, the user interface is even the same.
A more important reason to choose the Pro-Mate is that it programs PICs
using Microchip's production-approved multiple-voltage verification
protocol. If the reliability of your programmed PICs over their full
voltage range is important to you, you pretty much have to use the
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