I would like to familiarize myself with Microchip's PIC product line and IDE, I don't want anything too basic or cheesy, etc. I can't seem to find a device like Texas Instruments's EZ430‑F2013 USB development kit:
The features I like about TI's board, and what I'm looking for in a PIC version, are the following: (In order of 1 = most desired to least)
- Works with their IDE
- The detachable PCB with chip pinout, and the size of this PCB (because it can easily be used in a basic project...)
- Size and surface mounted desing
- USB connectivity
- Can easily be used to program other MSP430's
I also want to learn with a processor line that I will be able to use in production units. I don't know the PIC processor line differences well, but a processor in the price range of $1.80~$6 per 100 quantity, is my goal.
From a bit of research and answer's like this one I'm thinking that to best meet my desirements, I may need to get a separate programmer and dev board (like is needed/recommended with AVR's.) If so, it seems like the PICkit2 or maybe PICkit3 would be the way to go? And I don't know what dev board/processor line etc. to start with.
Price isn't too big of a deal, especially with regards to the programmer/debugger, so if there is a better option I may rather buy it. However, a cheap device like TI's is fine too, as long as it meats my processor goal, etc.