LOW COST AVR PROGRAMMERS

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  • When you step in to the world of digital electronics and microcontrollers is necessary to choose the type of microcontroller to work with. Whether it is the PIC, ARM, AVR or some other type, you will need a quality programmer. There are programmer devices who can program several different families of microcontrollers, but they are very expensive for someone who has just started adventure in the world of electronics.

    All of us can program a microcontroler – it’s not a Rocket Science; all we need is an appropriate tool, or in this case a programmer device that is financially accessible. General disadvantage of these tools is that they can program only one type of microcontroller, but concerning the price, availability and your desire to get familiar with that particular types of microcontroller this is not such a big obstacle.

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    Nowadays USB port is dominating the computer peripheral market over a serial and parallel port. That’s why most of programmers use USB port. Their main benefit is that they can be made out of components that you already have in your home electronic workshop.

    In this article we will present the programmers for AVR microcontrollers that you can purchased for less than $100. We have tried to separate microcontrollers that you can make by yourself and the ones that are commercial and available for you to buy.

    Non-commercial programmers

    Serial port programmers

    AVR-PG1 – Olimex serial port dongle

    OLIMEX-AVR-PG1

    DASA LRG

    dasa_LRG

    Parallel port programmer

    AVR-PG2 – Olimex paralel port dongle

    OLIMEX-AVR-PG2

    USB port programmers

    USBtinyISP

    USBtinyISP

    USBasp

    usbasp

    USBasp – official page and assembling instructions

    PCB layouts – on this page you can find some different PCB layouts for this programmer

    SMD hardware – SMD board for programmer

    Commercial programmers

    USB port programmers

    Atmel – AVR In-System Programmer

    Atmel_AVRISP

    Mikroelektronika – AVRPROG2

    mikroe_avrprog2

    SparkFun – Pocket AVR Programmer

    sparkfun_pocket_avr_programmer

    CrispAVR-USB

    CrispAVR-USB

    Pololu USB AVR Programmer

    pololu_usb_avr

    icprog-avr2.0

    ICprog-AVR2.0 KANDA

    Kanda version

    ET-AVR JTAG USB

    AVR_Debugger_IIa_600

    AVRISP SA2 – Stand Alone 2 Series

    avrisp-sa2

    Low Cost AVR Programmer

    low_cost_avr_programmer

    CONCLUSION

    We hope that we have managed to help you choose the appropriate tool for your first steps in the world of electronics.

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    1. AVR Micro says:

      Amazing, some of them are real low-cost programmers. Nice collection, thanks.




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