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    Hello,

    I am developping an application which is quite time-critical and I need to optimize the execution time of some parts of the code. I need something more powerful that the PicKit2 debugger I currrently use. Do some of you use Real Ice with PBP ? What is your feedback ? Is it possible to measure the execution time of the code and to conveniently trace it in the source ?

    My target is a 18LF2685.

    Thank you for your help

    MikeBZH

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    An easy and convenient way to check "time-critical routine" is to toggle a spare pin within the routine and check the square wave period with the oscilloscope.

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    Hi Arrati,

    Sure, this works when you have at least one pin available. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

    MikeBZH

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    Default Re: Real Ice and PBP

    Hi everybody,

    I was about raising a point about PBP and Real ICE but the search engine returned me the same question I asked 9 years ago !!! Amazing...

    Well. When I developped my first product with the PIC18F2685 the question was Real Ice or PicKit 2. I selected PicKit 2 which was a good and cheap choice.

    My next product is PIC18F26K22 based, again with PBP3 and MPLAB8 but PicKit 2 does not work with this PIC and PicKit 3 is an horrible tool.
    Slow response time with MPLAB8, sometimes hangs and still no real time debugging capabilities which can now be ennoying for what I want to do.

    Real ICE could be an interesting alternative.
    Does anybody have some experience with it ?

    Any feedback welcome !

    MikeBZH

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    Default Re: Real Ice and PBP

    Sounds like you haven't updated your PicKit2 software for some time. It does indeed handle 18F26K22 processors. Have a look at these files:
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Dave Purola,
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    Default Re: Real Ice and PBP

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your answer.

    Yes, I did an upgrade recently and the 18F26K22 is now supported by my Pickit 2 but for the stand alone application only.
    I can read, write, program the PIC from outside MPLAB8 but I cannot use Pickit 2 as a debugger inside MPLAB8.

    Best regards
    MikeBZH

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