A programmer is *recommended* to keep the firmware up to date. It is *necessary* if you are working on the firmware or software drivers for the Oncilla.
The programmer should be compatible with dsPIC33FJ128MC802 dsPIC33FJ128MC804 dsPIC33FJ128GP802 microhip processors. The most convenient way is to use the MPLAB X IDE so please also check the compatibilty of your tool with it.
The following product from microchip are known to work well with the latest MPLAB X IDE and the Oncilla boards :
- PicKit 2
- PicKit 3 (recommended) (revision is making troubles, revision <6 preferred)