Programming with the Emulator

Use the MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-circuit emulator as a programmer to program a production device, i.e., a device that is NOT on a debug or emulation header. Set the emulator as the hardware tool for your MPLAB X IDE project (File > Project Properties, “Hardware Tool” category, "Real ICE > SN XXXXXX") and select Run > Run Project.


1

Program Application Code

The application code is programmed into the device’s memory via the ICSP protocol as described above. No target oscillator clock is required while programming and all modes of the processor can be programmed, including code protect, Watchdog Timer enabled and table read protect.

2

(Optional) Program Program Exec

A small “program executive” program may be loaded into the high area of program memory for some target devices. This increases programming speeds for devices with large memories.

3

Disable Debug Features

Special “in-circuit debug” registers in the target device are disabled by MPLAB X IDE, along with all debug features. This means that a breakpoint cannot be set, and register contents cannot be seen or altered.

4

Run Program

The target device is run in release mode. As a programmer, the emulator can only toggle the MCLR line to reset and start the target.

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