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A kit for AVR development
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A kit for AVR development

by wesg on Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:02 pm

Hello everyone!

My Arduino is great, but I'd like to be able to build pieces that don't include the cost of an Arduino board. That means of course getting involved with AVR programming.

Can anyone suggest a good kit (or components in a kit) for me to get started?

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Re: A kit for AVR development

by len17 on Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:20 am

Here are a couple of options: ... cts_id=174 ... ucts_id=72
With both of these, you can use either the Arduino compiler or the AVR C compiler.

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Re: A kit for AVR development

by Entropy on Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:41 am

#1 most important thing for "growing" your AVR development skills (which will sometimes be used to "shrink" your design) is an AVR ISP programmer. The USBTinyISP is a good way to start. It's sufficient for 95%+ of AVR projects. (I'm only considering a JTAGICEMkII because I have a project where the AVR is maxed out on I/O except for RST and DebugWIRE support would be useful for that.)

Also, if you stick AVRs directly into a solderless breadboard, you may want an ICSP-header-to-breadboard adapter like Sparkfun's at ... ts_id=8508 (Does adafruit have anything similar?) I use a pair of those when working on a breadboard project that has a pair of ATTiny85s on it.
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Re: A kit for AVR development

by rct on Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:23 am

If I'm not mistaken the bus pirate can also do double duty as an STK500 v2 compatible AVR programmer. ... cts_id=237

I haven't tried it yet, I think you need to switch firmware for STK500 mode, and regular bus pirate mode. I have a bus pirate (but not a USBtinyISP). I'll be trying it in the future when I get around to trying direct avr programming. I've been using my bus pirate to test / monitor some of my arduino experiments.

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