Development Tools Design Advisory

This advisory applies to the following development tools:

  • MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator
  • MPLAB® ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger
  • PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB® PM3 Device Programmer
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Development Tools Overview

All development tools that apply to this advisory can program a device using In-Circuit Serial Programming™ (ICSP™). All except the MPLAB® PM3 dedicated programmer can perform in-circuit debugging on a target device. The MPLAB REAL ICE in-circuit emulator can debug a device as well as perform advanced functions such as trace, which is why it is called an emulator and not a debugger.

Advisory Contents

For applications where you intend to use the above tools, you should consider the following the guidelines and implementation considerations discussed in this advisory to ensure proper interfacing.

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