Handheld Programming Hardware
Handheld programming hardware for programming PIC, Atmel SAMD, ATxmega and AVR microcontrollers or serial EEPROMs. Ideal for field or production use.
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Batteries for Handheld Programmer
Handheld Programmer Batteries
Pack of 2 9V PP3 batteries for AVR, PIC and Serial EEPROM handheld programmers...
Hand Held Programmers
Standard programmers, like PICkit2, IDC3 or AVRISP-MKII are fine for development but their weakness become apparent when you try and move your product to production or attempt to update the firmware in the field. The last thing you want is for your production
staff to have to deal with complex software like MPLAB or AVRStudio or even a standard programmer GUI.
It means that you have to train your staff more extensively and can expect many more mistakes and supervisor intervention
to sort out problems. The answer is to use a handheld programmer. This is loaded once with the correct code, including data EEPROM,
all the fuses and configuration bytes and programmer settings. Once loaded, all the operator has to do is plug it in and press the big
button and wait for green LED to flash - what could be easier? Our AVR, ATxmega, SAMD and PIC standalone programmers also come in portable versions
that can store up to 8 different programs that are easy to select with a rotary switch.
Kanda mobile programmers also work really well if production is off site, in China for example. All you have to do is load a
programmer and send it to the factory with really easy instructions – no hassle and no mistakes, truly mobile.
Our hand held programmers are used extensively by production engineers because of their simplicity and this becomes even clearer
when we look at updating firmware in the field. This may be needed to fix a bug, introduce new features or configure a machine on site.
Whatever the reason, the equipment to be updated is scattered everywhere, often in difficult places like kitchens, which means sending an
engineer with a laptop.
If you use a standalone handheld programmer, it simplifies the process as you can send it to your distributors or agents or use much less skilled
engineers to do the update. It is much easier to plug in a unit and press the button than to mess around with laptops. Our customers
use them for all sorts of applications where mobile programming is necessary, including deep fat fryers and other kitchen equipment, lift controls, electric fences, boat
control panels, marine radar, Airbus servicing, power controllers and many, many more.
We have also added features like restrict number of uses, which is really useful to control how many units your customer can program.
They are easy to load, ridiculously easy to use and save you an awful lot of grief and headaches in any production environment or firmware
update situation. Mobile programmers for the future.