A beginners guide to the AVR Micro-controllers

A beginners guide to the AVR Micro-controllers

Donald sent in his guide to programming an AVR microcontroller. It takes you step-by-step from purchasing the right hardware all the way through uploading the programs. He includes all his schematics and lots of photos. It’s a good place to start learning about the AVR microcontroller.

My goal was to lower the barrier of entry for getting started with the AVR by starting at square one (i.e. you don’t even own a programmer) and getting someone familiar with using the tools as quickly as possible.

A beginners guide to the ATMEL AVR Micro-controllers – Link

PIC microcontrollers – a beginner’s guide – Link

4 thoughts on “A beginners guide to the AVR Micro-controllers

  1. rocketguy says:

    Not bad for a windows-centric approach. Kudos also for linking to the Evil Mad Scientist page, which is probably the best resource for this sort of thing so far, especially since it covers other platforms. I took the AVR Microcontroller class at the techshop, which featured the dude from Evil Mad Scientist and it was well worth it. Note: there is a better programmer option if you don’t mind soldering a kit (took me 30 minutes), adafruit has a $20 programmer kit, easy and has both cable interface options, rather than the single cable on the $60 “official” programmer. I have no affiliation other than I bought one.

    Really looking forward to seeing what folks make and post with these little computers, lots of possibilities!

  2. jp says:

    The official programmer, AVRISP2, is $38. The first version did have both cables, but it was serial port based. I don’t know why that 10 pin cable is used, but yeah you have to deal with it occasionally.

    Then there is the dragon for $55, which is a bit more advanced.

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