This is a simple to use USB AVR programmer. It is low cost, easy to use, works great with AVRDude, and is tested extensively on a Windows desktop. . Based on Dick Steefland's USBtiny and Limor Fried's USBtinyISP.
This programmer works really well for ATmega168 and ATmega328 and should work with all the AVR micros supported by AVRDUDE. We've played a bit with the ATtinys but we cannot guarantee that this board will be compatible with anything but ATmega168/328.
This board is buffered and power protected so that you can do some really evil things to the programmer without killing it. It is fast! Comparable speed to the AVR ISP2 USB programmer from Digikey. One of the greatest features of this board is the ability to power the target (up to 500mA) from the programmer.
To use this programmer, attach to a windows machine and install the drivers listed below. Open a command prompt. Assuming WinAVR (and therefore AVRDUDE) have been installed, type:
avrdude -c usbtiny -B 1 -patmega328 -U flash:w:main.hex
Be sure to include the "-B 1" flag as this will significantly increase the programming speed! You may need to change -p flag to your appropriate microcontroller. You can setup a tool and hotkey in Programmers Notepad to do this automatically.
- Standard AVR ISP programmer
- ATtiny2313 with USBtiny firmware preloaded
- Buffered output
- PTC fuse protected power
- Programmer can power target
- Supports ATmega168/328 and many others
- Two status LEDs
- Both 10-pin and 6-pin targets supported (cable included)
Open Source Hardware: The original engineering files are available for mass hackery.