In a few months I should begin developing a power converter and I was told I should get used to dsPIC. The currently used model is "dsPIC30F6010" which is kind of "old" (compared to the newer dsPIC33E/F series at least).
I saw the quite cheap (~ 35$ on Digikey) "DM330013-2-ND" development board with integrated debugger supporting dsPIC33F (as well as PIC24F/H and PIC32), though I seem to have more difficulties finding a cheap one for dsPIC30. I don't know if there are many differences between the two from a code style/functionality point of view.
I don't know what other people do, but I thought it would've been a good idea to start using PICKIT3 directly instead of using the on-board debugger since I'll have to make my own PCB. This somewhat narrows down the possibilities.
For the dsPIC30F6010 Microchip suggests the "DM183021" but it's very expensive (~ 130$ on Digikey). Another suggested development board is the "DM300019-ND" (~ 80$ on Digikey) which may still be within reach of my wallet, though I'd have to buy an add-on "MA300013" (which is obsolete ...).
If PIC32 and dsPIC30F/dsPIC33F are (very) similar from a code style/functionality point of view I may use a PIC32 board with the PICKIT 3 debugger, just to get the feeling of it. Still, I couldn't find a good&cheap development board claiming to support PICKIT 3 programming or at least providing a header for it.
Does anyone know/use such a cheap (< 80$ if possible) development board? I don't really need many advanced features (such as Ethernet, CAN, ...), though I'd like to have I2C/SPI/ADC/GPIO on board.