That’s something I wanted to do for quite a long time now : Creating some programs for PIC chips. I bougth the ICD3 programmer/debugger with the PICDEM Z development kit (for ZigBee communication). I can’t say it was chip (it costed me 500 €), but I’ve made a good use of it. The thing is, it brings me back to my first C programs. It’s quite hard to come back to some unmanaged, memory limited, namespace less language.