Kanda have added an 8-way version to their handheld programmer range. These programmers can power a target circuit and use a single button press to make programming as easy as possible, without needing a computer or even a power supply. Now they can be loaded with up to 8 different programs using different PIC microcontrollers.
Kanda have added an 8-way version to their Handheld programmer range. The Kanda programmers are quite unlike complex handheld programmers with loads of buttons and countless menu choices that baffle even the expert engineer. The key feature of all the handheld programmers is that they have one button and one LED. This means that they are really easy to use, as they are just plugged into a target circuit and the button is pressed. A green light means successful programming and a red light means try again. The only difference between the 8-way programmer and the standard hand held programmer is a simple rotary switch to select the program to use. Each program slot can be set for a different PIC microcontroller, with different files and configuration bytes. The decision about what device to program, what files to use and different Fuse and Security Bit settings is made when the programmer is loaded from the PC, using the simple software supplied and the new USB interface. Once the programmer is loaded, no thought is needed to program a target circuit. The Handheld Programmer can power a target circuit at a suitable voltage, either using the built-in PP3 battery or an external 9V supply. So, programming a device or updating the firmware in a target microcontroller can be done without a computer or a power supply, and just by pressing one button. The settings are saved by the programmer even if the battery goes flat, so as many targets can be programmed as required. Once this is accomplished, the programmer is just connected to the PC again and different settings are loaded for the next job, and so on as many times as needed. Because this handheld programmer is simple to use but still able to store more than one program setting, it is ideal for field updates and development testing. Each engineer can have one programmer that will store all the updates he needs for a variety of equipment. This represents a very cost effective way of carrying out firmware changes. For more information see 8-way Handheld PIC Programmer
Kanda are manufacturers and distributors of tools for electronic engineers and trainers. Products include microcontroller and PLD training kits, programmers, cables and embedded modules. PC interfaces for CAN Bus, Bluetooth, USB and ZigBee wireless.
Issued by: Kanda on 06 July 2009.
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