The PICkit Serial Analyzer is a low-cost USB-based tool used to direct communication between a PC and an external serial device.
The kit comes complete with hardware (supporting I2C™, SMBus, SPI and USART protocols), an easy-to-use GUI (to configure and display communications) and a target demonstration board for out-of-the-box functionality. For more advanced users a DLL is also included as an API for developing custom software.
The PICkit Serial Analyzer simplifies the chore of managing serial communication with a device under test. The Windows® user interface (provided) configures the hardware and ‘scripts’ communication with the target device. Scripts created within the software GUI are saved to an internal library for future use. Once created, scripts can be conveniently assigned to push buttons or simply executed directly from the library index. All communication data and events are posted to a transaction window in a readable format.
Example custom GUI(s) are provided to demonstrate use of the DLL in each of the supported serial protocols. The examples come as projects for Visual Basic 2005 Express (free download from Microsoft®).