MEEPROMMER: (E)EPROM programmer based on Arduino hardware

mkeller0815 built  his own programmer – the MEEPROMMER, that is available at github: The idea behind this EEPROM programmer was to have a tool to get data on a 28Cxxx EEPROM for my own 6502 based computer. There are a lot of professional programmers you can buy, but for a lot of money. Using cheap […]

Open Programmer v0.8.x

Alberto Maccioni posted an update on his multi-chip opensource programmer based on a PIC18F2550.  It supports PIC, I2C-SPI-MicroWire EEPROMs, some ATMEL AVRs, and (soon) other devices: In the last few years, as serial and parallel interfaces have almost disappeared, electronics enthusiasts find even more difficult to program microcontrollers; old time programmers don’t work any more; […]

Custom standalone programming fixture

Bryan Duxbury writes, ” I designed and built a custom standalone programming fixture for an upcoming manufacturing project. Fun with lasercutting, PCB design (hooray SeeedStudio!) and pogo pins!” Bryan’s design uses the Arduino Uno hardware with programming code based heavily on the AdaLoader project. Visit Bryan’s blog for project details and links. Via the contact […]

USBTiny-MkII SLIM programmer

Here’s a USBTiny-MkII SLIM programmer based on AT90USB162 microcontroller: USBTiny-MkII SLIM programmer (AVRISP-MKII clone) supports all Attiny, Atmega, and Xmega µcontrollers. It has three programming interfaces: ISP, PDI, and TPI. It works with AvrStudio or AvrDude. Small convenient board, contains double direction voltage translator for all interfaces and working from 1,2V, jumper for target chip […]

TI Deal: MSP430 ZIF socket target board

TI is offering the MSP-TS430PW24 24-pin target socket board for $30 while supplies last. The board normally retails for $89. The MSP-TS430PW24 is a standalone ZIF socket target board used to program and debug the MSP430 in-system through the JTAG interface or the Spy Bi-Wire (2-wire JTAG) protocol. The development board supports all MSP430AFE2xx Flash […]

ULTI-ISP USB programmer for AVR & 8051

Umair Mukati wrote in to show off his project the ULTI-ISP USB key programmer which supports programming for AVR & 8051 microcontrollers: The ULTI-ISP can be used to program a wide range of AVR microcontrollers as well as 8051 series. The device can be used to read, write and erase flash memory, EEPROM, Fuse Bits. […]

Testing the new reduced-sized ICSP connector

This week we received a batch of PCBs and amongst them was the latest revision of our USB TFT breakoutboard. This board is the first board that features a new ICSP footprint, which occupies less space on the PCB and should improve testing and programming times at Seeed.

PropProgTH standalone Propeller programmer

If you’re into the Parallax Propeller and are interested in a standalone programmer, here’s a project for you. Known as the PropProgTH it uses the Propeller to take a stored program and load it onto another Propeller. Storage of the program is either in an optional micro-SD card adapter or by uploading the files needed […]

Tutorial: Arduino as barebones AVR programmer

Michael Holachek of HCIL Hackerspace has produced this 10 minute video tutorial that explains how to program a barebones AVR with an Arduino. This is a well explained how-to with clear video will be helpful to newcomers and Arduino veterans alike. Go to Michael’s website for code, resources, and more. Via the contact form.

EEWeb PULSE: Bus Pirate as low-cost JTAG programmer

Frank noticed this article on EEWeb PULSE about Programming With Low-Cost JTAG Tools (PDF!) that references the Bus Pirate: If you’re not a big fan of building it yourself, then you could use one of the (X)SVF players that are available on the internet. Notable is the Bus Pirate from Dangerous Prototypes. Originally designed as a tool […]

EEWeb: Bus Pirate as low-cost JTAG programmer

Victor Joukov noticed this article on the EEWeb electrical engineering community about Programming With Low-Cost JTAG Tools, referencing the Bus Pirate. Notable is the Bus Pirate from Dangerous Prototypes. Originally designed as a tool to sniff, monitor, inject or bus protocols like SPI, its open platform has meant that the ‘community’ has developed an XSVF […]

Printf style debugging over AVR-ISP pins

ihsan kehribar from the Little Wire project informs us of his recent work entitled “Printf style debugging over AVR-ISP pins.” He writes, “if you are breadboarding an AVR chip, you are already using the SPI pins for programming the device; therefore it would be nice to use that cable for low-level debugging also. I wrote […]

Use PICKIT2 to program PIC32’s

Hak8or writes regarding his experiences with pic32prog, a flash programming utility for Microchip PIC32 microcontrollers. For everyone who is still stuck with a PICKIT2, like me, instead of buying a pickit3 we can all use this with a PICKIT2 to program the more high end PIC32’s. I am not exactly sure at the current state […]

Light programming using Manchester encoding

Mike has been working on a light programmer that uses Manchester encoding. A light programer uses a computer monitor to send data to microcontroller project. We blogged about similar systems earlier. I wrote a JavaScript application that you can load into your web browser. It takes a message, converts it to Manchester Encoded binary and […]

Openschemes homebrew SVF player

Openschemes has a tutorial describing their project for bit bang JTAG programming of Xilinx CPLDs using their homebrew SVF player. They describe: Today’s lesson consists of the development of a bit-banged JTAG SVF player in order to program a device such as a CPLD. It’s quite likely that the SVF player we develop today could […]