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FabISP: A simple AVR programmer you can build yourself
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Prototyping systems such as Arduino use a bootloader to make it easier to upload programs to them. This is really convenient, however if you want to get into programming ‘straight’ microcontrollers, then you will need to get an in circuit programmer to program them. Of course, you could just use an existing Arduino to do the job, but it’s probably better to get/build a dedicated one if you plan on using it much.

To that end, David Mellis designed this simple-to-construct FabISP, a fab-able in-system programmer. Designed to be easy to replicate, it uses a one-sided PCB and a single microcontroller. Of course, to program that microcontroller, you need another ISP…

3 thoughts on “FabISP: A simple AVR programmer you can build yourself

  1. Do they have a process for producing copperclad PCB laminate?

    Otherwise, about the only thing that makes it more “fab-able” than any other AVR ISP programmer is that it is a single-sided PCB design, which makes it easier to mill or etch at home.

    In terms of actually “building it yourself” – As it is entirely SMD, this is going to be more difficult for most people than through-hole designs.

    It’s sad, clearly “fab-able” has become a meaningless buzzword if this is “fab-able”…

    1. This board was designed to be built using the equipment at a FabLab, where they hold workshops to teach people to make boards such as this.

      Know of any good DIY methods for manufacturing circuit boards? I’m all ears.

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