Development Tools Design Advisory

This advisory applies to the following development tools:

  • MPLAB® PICkit™ 5 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB ICD 5 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB Snap In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB PICkit 4 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB ICD 4 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
  • MPLAB REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator/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™) programming capability. All except the MPLAB PM3 dedicated programmer can perform in-circuit debugging on a target device. The MPLAB ICE 4 and MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulators can debug a device as well as perform advanced functions such as trace, which is why they are called emulators, not debuggers.

Advisory Contents

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

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