In-Circuit Debugger Capabilities

Each of the three main hardware debug tools share a common base set of features with increasing functionality as you move up from the PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger to the MPLAB® ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger to the MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator. The main features are summarized in the table below.

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PICkit 3


Real ICE

Trace Data & Program Flow
Runtime Watch *
Software Breakpoints
Break on Address or Data Match
Break on Data Fetch or Write * *
Pass Counter *
Stopwatch * *
WDT Overflow *
Run, Halt
Single Step
Hardware Breakpoints 1 1-3 1-3 1-4 1-6 1-6 1-6
Peripheral Freeze on Halt *

* Does not apply to all members of family

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