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Programmers. Microcontroller choices. Is there anything more universal?

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Hal9000:
Hi there,

I already have a simple PIC programmer and a 8051 programmer.

However, now I am getting to the stage where I want to test out other microcontrollers.

There are some Universal programmers like

http://members.shaw.ca/topprogrammer/Top2048.html

and can be bought from this seller on ebay

http://item.express.ebay.com/Industrial-Supplies_Electrical-Automation_Control-Systems-PLCs_TOP2048-universal-USB-programmer-support-2000-EEPROM_W0QQitemZ7613438522QQihZ017QQptdnZControlQ20SystemsQ20Q26Q20PLCsQQddnZIndustrialQ20SuppliesQQadnZElectricalQ20Q26Q20AutomationQQcmdZExpressItem

Thing is, what are the options? Do you really need to buy a programmer for every chip you have?

I'm really a bit worried about buying them, and then being out of date.

Admin:

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With technology, there is no way around this problem :P

I mentioned it before, but this might influence your opinion: I will only be developing and posting source code and electronics for the PIC16F877 and Atmel AVR's. :P

Eco19R:
16F877 or 16F877A ?

JonHylands:
16F877A is more up-to-date - you are not likely to even be able to get non-A versions of the chip soon.

One of the main differences between the A and non-A versions is they program differently. An up-to-date programmer will do both, an older one (like one of the ones I have) will only do the non-A version.

- Jon

Eco19R:
I am using the A version - just wanted to make sure he would be posting the A version code.  :)

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