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K150 USB PIC Programmer

Manufacturer: Generic
Product Code: K150 PIC Programmer
Availability: In Stock
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This item is a USB PIC Programmer ideal for both hobbyists and more serious developers.

This programmer can program chips in the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket, and it can also be used as an In-Circuit Programmer using the ICSP header.

We provide the programmer with a USB cable and the ribbon cable necessary for use with the ICSP header.

This programmer is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 - it is not compatible with Windows 8.

This programmer is compatible with the following PICs:

10 series:
 PIC10F200* PIC10F202* PIC10F204* PIC10F206*
 PIC10F220* PIC10F222*

12C series:
 PIC12C508  PIC12C508A PIC12C509  PIC12C509A
 PIC12C671  PIC12C672  PIC12CE518 PIC12CE519
 PIC12CE673 PIC12CE674

12F series:
 PIC12F509  PIC12F629   PIC12F675  PIC12F683

16C series:
 PIC16C505  PIC16C554  PIC16C558  PIC16C61
 PIC16C62   PIC16C62A  PIC16C62B  PIC16C63
 PIC16C63A  PIC 16C64  PIC16C64A  PIC16C65
 PIC16C65A  PIC16C65B  PIC16C66   PIC16C67
 PIC16C620  PIC16C620A PIC16C621  PIC16C621A
 PIC16C622  PIC16C622A PIC16C71   PIC16C71A
 PIC16C72   PIC16C72A  PIC16C73   PIC16C73A
 PIC16C73B  PIC16C74   PIC16C74A  PIC16C74B
 PIC16C76   PIC16C77   PIC16C710  PIC16C711
 PIC16C712  PIC16C716  PIC16C745  PIC16C765
 PIC16C773  PIC16C774  PIC16C84

16F series:
 PIC16F54     PIC16F57*   PIC16F59*    PIC16F627  
 PIC16F627A   PIC16F630   PIC16F631    PIC16F648A 
 PIC16F676    PIC16F677   PIC16F684    PIC16F685*
 PIC16F687*   PIC16F688   PIC16F689*   PIC16F690*
 PIC16F72     PIC16F73    PIC16F74     PIC16F76 
 PIC16F77     PIC16F737   PIC16F747    PIC16F767
 PIC16F777    PIC16F83    PIC16F84     PIC16F84A
 PIC16F87     PIC16F88    PIC16F818    PIC16F819
 PIC16F870    PIC16F871   PIC16F872    PIC16F873
 PIC16F873A   PIC16F874   PIC16F874A   PIC16F876 
 PIC16F876A   PIC16F877   PIC16F877A   PIC16F913 
 PIC16F914    PIC16F917

18 series:
PIC18F242    PIC18F248    PIC18F252    PIC18F258  
PIC18F442    PIC18F448    PIC18F452    PIC18F458  
PIC18F1220   PIC18F1320   PIC18F2220   PIC18F2320
PIC18F2321   PIC18F2410   PIC18F2331   PIC18F2450 
PIC18F2455   PIC18F2480   PIC18F2510   PIC18F2520 
PIC18F2550   PIC18F2580   PIC18F2431   PIC18F2585 
PIC18F2610   PIC18F2620   PIC18F2680   PIC18F4220 
PIC18F4320   PIC18F6525   PIC18F6621   PIC18F8525 
PIC18F8621   PIC18F2331   PIC18F2431   PIC18F4331 
PIC18F4431   PIC18F2455   PIC18F2550   PIC18F4455 
PIC18F4580   PIC18F2580   PIC18F2420   PIC18F2520 
PIC18F2620   PIC18F6520   PIC18F6620  PIC18F6720 

Drivers and Software

The PIC programmer drivers and software are available to download: Download programming software

When putting a PIC in the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket, the PIC Programming software will indicate how it should be positioned. Pin 1 on the ZIF socket is located next to the locking lever.

Getting started

  1. Run the "PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.7.0.exe" program in the "PIC Programmer Drivers" folder to install the driver.
  2. Plug in your PIC Programmer.
  3. Go to Start, and right click on "Computer". Click "Properties".
  4. Click on the "Hardware" tab, and then click on "Device Manager".
  5. Click the + next to "Ports (COM & LPT)". There should be an item labelled "Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port". There will be some text in brackets - such as "COM3". Make a note of the number.
  6. Run the "microbrn.exe" file in the "PIC Programmer Software" folder.
    It will usually fail to reset the programmer the first time it is started - the correct Serial port has not yet been selected. This is normal.
  7. Click on the "File" menu, and choose "Programmer". Now choose "K150".
  8. Click on the "File" menu, and choose "Port". Enter the value you noted down earlier and click OK.
    The programming software should now reset your programmer and you are ready to go!


Please note that on Windows 7, the "Reset Programmer" option on the "Programmer" menu may not function correctly. All other functions work as expected. This is due to an issue between the Prolific USB to Serial drivers and the Microbrn software on Windows 7. This option works OK on older operating systems such as Windows XP.

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