Hardware Tools Comparison

Tools for PIC® Microcontrollers

Each Microchip hardware tool differs physically and operationally from each other. Specific features may vary by device.

Features PICkit™ 3 MPLAB® ICD 3 MPLAB® REAL ICE™
In-Circuit Emulator
USB Speed Full Only High and Full High and Full
USB Driver HID Microchip Microchip
USB Serialized
USB Powered
Power to Target *
Programmable Vpp and Vdd
Vdd Drain from Target 20 mA < 50 uA < 50 uA
Max current to Target 30 mA 100 mA None*



Hardware Breakpoints Simple Complex Complex
Software Breakpoints
Non-Volatile Program Image
(512K bytes)
Data Capture
Logic Probe Triggers
High Speed/LVDS Connection
Production Programmer
* Target can be powered if Power Monitor accessory used.

See also:

What are the differences between the MPLAB REAL ICE, MPLAB ICD 3 and the PICkit 3?

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