Dena Technologies introduces a solution for small volume programming and testing of Microchip PIC-powered products.

Are you using an ICD3 or PICKIT3 to program small batches of boards? Do you find the USB-powered option unreliable or do your boards require more power than USB can provide through the ICD?

The ICD2 used to have a power jack on the side into which you could plug a AC-DC wall adaptor, but this feature was removed from ICD3. Since ICD2 support is now ultimately unsupported along with Windows XP, Pictrocinium can give this power option back to you.

Pictrocinium Photo

Pictrocinium Photo

Pictrocinium also provides some other useful features. In addition to the DC power jack, it has two input connectors, the RJ25 for ICD2/ICD3 and the 0.1″ pin header for PICKIT3. And it has four output connectors: RJ25 equivalent to ICD3, 0.1″ socket strip equivalent to PICKIT3, and also 2mm and 50mil (1.25mm or 1.27mm compatible) sockets so you can use smaller programming headers on your product.

This allows you to program with PICKIT3 products with connectors or cables intended for use with ICD3 and vice-versa.

There is a slide switch on Pictrocinium to allow you to choose the voltage to supply to your device: 2.7V, 3.3V, or 5V. A row of LED’s indicate what the voltage is even if the power adaptor isn’t used.

There is also a reset push button on Pictrocinium so you can hard-reset your device while debugging or testing. If you have just uploaded a new version of firmware while debugging, reset will clear whatever was in active memory during the previous test, eliminating weird behavior caused by an unclean start.

If you would like to purchase Pictrocinium or find out more, please contact us.


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