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Usbisp 008
Wow, a single sided AVR ISP programmer that fits in an Altoids tin, sweet, er, minty –

My simple inexpensive Parallel ISP programmer has done the job since I started working with AVR’s, but it definitely has its problems. It doesn’t work with some computers, it is slow, it is unreliable and it requires a parallel port which is getting less common. USB seemed the natural progression. I selected the AVR Doper project by Objective Development as the base for the new programmer.
Below is a 3D model of the streamlined AVR Doper created in POV-Ray using Eagle3D. I only wanted to build an ISP so I was able to lose many of the components. I rounded the edges and scaled the board to fit in an Altoids tin.

Rototron – Thanks David! Link.


  • jblackann

    If you are interested in programming microcontrollers, I would suggest picking up a PICkit2 from Microchip. http://www.microchip.com has more information. This little programmer comes in a kit that goes for about $50. I use this for program circuits that I have designed. It works well for programming microchip parts while in-circuit.