Best Programmer for Field Updates

Most home automation equipment includes a microcontroller and Kanda supply programmers to easily update their firmware. Most AVR or PIC programmers are designed for product development but production and maintenance engineers need different solutions.

Most automation and AV equipment nowadays includes a microcontroller that can be updated with new firmware. Kanda supply a range of programmers to simplify this for manufactures and end users. The two commonest microcontrollers are PIC and AVR and Kanda programmers support both of them.

There are lots of cheap AVR and PIC programmers on the market, mostly clones of Atmel or Microchip tools. The main problem with these units is the software. Atmel's and Micrchip's interest is in encouraging people to design the PIC or AVR microcontroller into their products so they all run from AVRStudio or MPLAB, the main microcontroller development environment.

This is great if you are developing a project but becomes a pain once the code is finished and you just need to program units on the production line or change the firmware in products that have already been deployed. This is where Kanda programmers come in to their own.

Kanda PC based programmers are for small and medium scale production use or for field updates of existing products. Their software is designed for ease of use while retaining the flexibility needed by production engineers, with features like automatic serial numbering, checksum calculations and EEPROM data preserve. They also identify the target device and set the maximum possible programming speed automatically.

The programmer hardware is equally suitable for production and field use. The cases are rugged plastic unlike most flimsy units with very thin, transparent, blue plastic cases that break after the slightest knock or products without a box at all - you can tread on a Kanda programmer.

The electronics are carefully designed to give maximum programming speed but also the strongest drive possible to overcome ISP circuit problems such as capacitance or UART chips on the programming lines. The programmers are self-powered and some can power the target circuit as well.

What if you do not want a PC or laptop on the line or you need to update a product in a difficult environment like a kitchen or a laundry? Well, Kanda also produce the simplest handheld programmers for just this situation. They have just one button so anyone can program a microcontroller.

Kanda AVR and PIC programmers are perfect for anyone who needs the simplest, most efficient programming solution, on the workbench, in production or anywhere in the field, literally in some cases as Kanda programmers are used to update irrigation equipment and electric fence controllers!

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