AVR ICSP breadboard adapter

AVR ICSP breadboard adapter

From the MAKE Flickr pool

As a first foray into the realm of professional PCB fabrication, Flickr member A.Square designed this 6-pin breadboard adapter for programming AVR chips –

I built and have been using an Evil Mad Scientist Labs-style minimalist target board. It works great, but the problem is you more-or-less need a different board for every different type of chip you want to program, plus, you need to shuttle the chip back and forth from the breadboard to the programmer. It would be great to be able to program the chip in-breadboard, by the dual-row header pin won’t allow that. You can run wires directly from your programmer to the breadboard, but that’s a little messy. So, I decided to make a simple breadboard adapter for the ICSP header.

simple, handy – good idea! – Link

AVR ICSP 6-pin breadboard adapter on Upward, not northward- Link

Minimalist target board on Evil MadScientist.com – Link


HOW TO – Turn an Arduino into an AVR-ISP programmer – Link

USBtinyISP – Inexpensive USB AVR programmer – Link

4 thoughts on “AVR ICSP breadboard adapter

  1. Buck says:

    I was in the process of making this very thing (though mine isn’t nearly as slick, it uses perfboard) when I saw this in the flickr pool.

    I really like how it uses the board’s power buses.

    Very cool.

  2. Don says:

    My approach was a little simpler – I took a chunk of dual-row pin header (long ones, suitable like for wire wrapping) and bent them out to fit a breadboard.

    Picture the pin header’s bottom being bent out so it looks like a “Y”. Voila! A 6-pin ISP pin header that fits in a breadboard!


    Nice and simple, and best of all — cheap!

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