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Tiny AVR Programmer

Tiny AVR Programmer
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SKU:  PPPGM-11801
Part Number:  PGM-11801
Brand:  SparkFun
Platform:  AVR
Application:  Programmer

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The ATtiny45 and 85 are a couple of really cool little MCUs but did you know you can program them in Arduino? That’s right, now you can shrink your Arduino projects down to “tiny size” by moving your code straight over to these small but capable ICs. The standard method for programming the ATtiny ICs involves a breadboard, lots of jumper wires and a hardware programmer, but David Mellis over at MIT Media Lab has simplified the process by laying out this handy USB programmer.

The Tiny AVR Programmer plugs directly into your USB port and provides a programming socket for the ATTiny45 and 85. Just slot an ATtiny with a DIP footprint into the socket, plug the programmer into your USB port and start up the Arduino IDE. After installing the proper board definitions, you simply program it the same way you would any other Arduino board. The programmer even breaks out the IC pins to female headers so you can easily prototype around the ATtiny without pulling and plugging it over and over. There are two ISP headers that have also been broken out so you can use the programmer of solder in a 6-pin header for other AVR microcontrollers!

Note: You’ll need to install the USBTinyISP drivers if you don’t have them yet, you can find them in the documents below!


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Monday, 23 October 2017  |  John

Wanting to use ATtiny85 chips but often not needing a dev board for every IC I use as I want a very small minimal circuits I prefer to buy bare chips and the cheapest don't have a bootloader. Not wanting to use one of my Arduino dev boards as an ATtiny85 (my personal favourite ATtiny IC) programmer I thought it time to get an AVR type programmer. Having half a dozen ATtiny85 chips to programme I gave it a good test. Some of them were 'raw' ICs with nothing installed and some had been already programmed using a UNO R3 and all six programmed without a single glitch. Also have the added advantage that I don't need to waste memory on a bootloader so can pack in bigger programmes. . All in all an excellent piece of kit that I have no problem recommending.

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This is great
Monday, 23 January 2017  |  Melvyn

If you "play" with ATtiny then buy this, it makes life so simple, no wires or breadboards etc just plug your tiny in and away you go. I always had problems using other programming techniques but now programming, burning bootloader, all simple, buy it.

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