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Part Number: DV003001


PICSTART® Plus is Microchip's low cost, development programmer. It connects via the serial RS-232 port to your PC and is operated with Microchip’s Integrated Development Environment software package called MPLAB® IDE which is included with the programmer at no charge. The programmer supports most of the DIP-packaged microcontroller products available from Microchip. For specific products supported, see the README file found in MPLAB IDE for up-to-date information. Included with the kit is the programmer, serial communication cable, power supply, user's guide (in electronic format) and a copy of MPLAB IDE on CD. Also included is a free copy of the PICC Lite Compiler and a sample PIC16F84 microcontroller.

PICStart Plus is a mature product that may not support new advanced PIC microcontrollers. Please consult the Development Tools Selector regarding latest device support.


  • Operates with PC-compatible host system running Windows® under MPLAB environment
  • Reads, programs, verifies all program and data memory
  • Reads, programs, verifies all configuration bits
  • Programs and verifies an address range
  • Displays, edits and transfers device contents to and from programmer unit
  • MPLAB project support to automatically download object file to PICSTART Plus

PICSTART® Plus Flash Upgrade Module

This PICSTART Plus Flash Upgrade Module is a printed circuit board assembly containing a PIC18F6720 device. It permanently replaces the PIC17C44 inside the PICSTART Plus. Once installed, the firmware is upgradeable using MPLAB IDE. All future upgrades will no longer require the opening of the enclosure to upgrade the PICSTART Plus firmware.

IMPORTANT: PICSTART Plus units with hardware revision of R20 or later already have this feature and do not require this kit.

This upgrade kit supersedes UK003007 and UK003006.

Before You Begin

You can only use this upgrade with MPLAB IDE v6.40 or later, PICSTART Plus hardware revision must be Rev 5 or later. MPLAB IDE is downloadable from this web site. The hardware revision of the PICSTART Plus is the last digit(s), immediately following "-R", of the serial number on the bottom of the plastic product enclosure port.


Title Date Published Size D/L
MPLAB IDE Current Release Notes  10/26/2010 8:54:17 AM 247 KB
MPLAB IDE PICSTART Plus User's Guide  10/22/2004 10:23:00 AM 1411 KB
MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Brochure  7/23/2009 11:35:33 AM 371 KB
PICSTART Plus Firmware 3.11(last upgrade for 17C44-obsolete for Flash Module  12/9/2003 12:00:00 AM 14 KB
PICSTART Plus PIC16C55A and PIC16C57C Programming  10/2/2003 12:00:00 AM 34 KB
PICSTART® PLUS Low-cost Development Kit Product Overview  3/14/2005 9:58:00 AM 7628 KB
PICSTART® Plus Operating System Upgrade Kit  5/6/2004 12:00:00 PM 137 KB

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