The MPLAB SIM has a nice stopwatch that shows the cycle count. But when using a PICKit 3, the stopwatch is not there. Any suggestions on how to bring this function back?


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The stopwatch is only available with the simulator. You have to use other techniques if you are using a debugger, such as cycle counting, or outputting a pulse at the beginning and end of the code sequence, and using a scope to measure the time between the pulses.

This sort of question is best asked on the Microchip forums.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. I got the time using your second method, the scope, which is very quick. A 16 bit timer for cycle counting may be a better long term solution, but that needs some configuration that takes time... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 15:55

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