The MPLAB® ICD 3 from Micro - chip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) is a cost-effective, high-speed development tool that supports in-circuit programming and debugging of Microchip's Flash-based 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs), 16- and 32- bit MCUs, and 16-bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). With robust system capabilities and high-speed circuitry, the MPLAB ICD 3 offers full compatibility with the MPLAB In - tegrated Develop ment En vironment (IDE), and exceptional programming speed and reliability. The MPLAB ICD 3 can easily connect to target boards for quick device programming.

ImageOther key features of the MPLAB ICD 3 include up to 1,000 software breakpoints, 2 to 5.5 volt operation, a rugged - ized target interface for increased protection from over-voltage and over-current, internal memory for program storage, and 100 mA of target power support. Future Microchip device firmware support is easily added through updated versions of the MPLAB IDE. To assist users with system troubleshooting and failure isolation, a diagnostic Test Interface Module is also included.

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