Independent Review of 16F877 development tool
One of the hottest new PIC development toosl to hit the market lately has been the DLP-IO26 from DLP designs.
What is the DLP-I026?
Quite simply, this board it makes it extremely simple to develop programs using the Microchip PIC16F877 or PIC16F84.
Plug the board into your
PC via the supplied USB cable, install the drivers, and you instantly have
a working development environment.
I ordered the development
board from DLP designs. The board arrived a few days later, via express postage.
I eagerly tore open the package, to find a board, some driver discs and a
USB cable. The development board was nicely constructed, using surface mount
When I plugged the board in, the following message came up:
After running the download
program, I was able to download a new program into the board, just by clicking
on 'Program'. The programming is accomplished by an external on-board 16F872.
Unlike a bootloader, using this board means that 100% of the program memory
is available to the end user. Also, unlike a bootloader, code protection bits
and configuration words for the microcontroller can be set at program time.
Use this development tool if you want an easy to use, PIC16F877 or PIC16F84 based development tool. This made the PICStart Plus look like a dinosaur.
The supplied system works
exactly as advertised.
Working Technologies has no affiliation with DLP designs. I wrote this review in order to give people like yourself a window into the latest technology, and because it has made my development so much easier and quicker.
The author received no renumeration for this review.
$US89 for the 16F877 based
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