Keyfob PIC Programmer Starter Kit
The Keyfob PIC Programmer is a very small standalone programmer for PIC 18F and PIC16F microcontrollers, in a keyfob case. This Starter Kit contains all you need to get going with this unique PIC programmer including a keyfob PIC programmer, PC interface and software.
The PC interface is parallel port.
A plug in parallel port card is available if your PC does not have a Parallel Port
PCI Serial and Parallel Card
The latest software works with PCI cards in Dual core PCs.
- Simple software for loading Keyfob PIC Programmer with program/EEPROM code and Configuration words and security settings
- PC Interface (Parallel Port), with 1 metre cable and programming connector
- Keyfob PIC Programmer, :
- Dimensions:Metric- 45mm x 35mm x 15mm - 28g
- Dimensions:Imperial - 1.8 x 1.4 x 0.5 inches - 1 oz
- Easy to load, easy to use
- Reprogram as many times as you need
- Holds program code indefinitely
- Supports all PIC Configuration and security settings
- Loads PIC Configuration word, user ID data from Hex File
- Spare 12V battery
- Inline 12V VPP generator
- 6 way flying lead connector
- Win 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP/Vista/7
- 32-bit ONLY
PIC microcontroller Support
The PIC Keyfob Programmer does not power target, so it is not suitable for all applications - please see Limitations section below.
All released PIC18F
devices except J and K series.
The PIC Keyfob Programmer does not support PIC18FxxJxx or PIC18FxxKxx microcontrollers.
For support for J and K series please see Handheld PIC Programmer
at 5V only
See Handheld PIC Programmer for low voltage support
PIC16F Support -
HVP + LVP
- PIC16F627A, PIC16F628A, PIC16F648A (HVP mode programming only if Reset pin is not reprogrammed as I/O)
- PIC16F7x7 except PIC16F72x
- PIC16F91x, PIC16F946
Once you have one Starter Kit, you can load as many Keyfob PIC Programmers as you like. Extra Keyfob PIC keyfob Programmers are available:
Individual Keyfob PIC Programmers
As the Keyfob PIC Programmer draws power from the target circuit, it operates at the target voltage, down to 3V. However, the BULK ERASE command on the PIC microcontrollers will not work below 4.5V. So, if your target voltage is below 4.5V locked devices cannot be re-programmed. We recommend the Handheld PIC Programmer
for low voltage applications as it can power the target.
In HVP mode, because this programmer cannot power target, it cannot do VPP voltage first programming method. This means that, if the configuration bits are set for internal master clear and internal oscillator, the PIC microcontroller will start to execute code before entering the program mode because the MCLR pin will not hold it in reset. Also, if RB6 and/or RB7 are configured as outputs by the program there may be contention between these pins and the PIC programmer preventing the device from entering the program mode properly.
The keyfob is limited to 12V VPP. This means that it cannot program new PIC microcontroller families with 9V VPP, such as PIC18FxxKxx and PIC16F72x.
The Keyfob PIC Programmer is NOT designed to cope with faulty target boards, so you should test or isolate target boards first, or use the Handheld PIC Programmer instead.
The maximum code size is 64KB. For larger devices, please use handheld PIC Programmer, which has a maximum code size of 256KB.
USB Handheld PIC Programmer
A more robust Handheld PIC Programmer is available, which is ideal for use on the production line or for low voltage targets. It operates in the same way as the Keyfob PIC Programmer but has extra features for production use.
Handheld PIC Programmer
For an overview of our PIC Programmer range, please see PIC Programmer Overview
in new window.
A Quick start guide
with recommended circuits,setup details and pinouts can be downloaded here, or you can view the Recommended PIC ICSP Circuit
in a new window.