Description: The ATtiny45 and 85 are a couple of really cool little MCUs but did you know you can program them in Arduino? That’s right, now you can shrink your Arduino projects down to “tiny size” by moving your code straight over to these small but capable ICs. The standard method for programming the ATtiny ICs involves a breadboard, lots of jumper wires and a hardware programmer, but David Mellis over at MIT Media Lab has simplified the process by laying out this handy USB programmer.
The Tiny AVR Programmer plugs directly into your USB port and provides a programming socket for the ATTiny45 and 85. Just slot an ATtiny into the socket, plug the programmer into your USB port and start up the Arduino IDE. After installing the proper board definitions, you simply program it the same way you would any other Arduino board. The programmer even breaks out the IC pins to female headers so you can easily prototype around the ATtiny without pulling and plugging it over and over. There are two ISP headers that have also been broken out so you can use the programmer of solder in a 6-pin header for other AVR microcontrollers!
Note: You’ll need to install the USBTinyISP drivers if you don’t have them yet, you can find them in the documents below!
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I wish this came assembled and in an enclosure. One small bump and the USB connector is likely be easily ripped off.
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Title says it all. Unsigned mode/test mode required for all x64 Windows platforms and doesn’t work at all in Windows 10.
So sorry, we try to keep up with new Windows releases, but some of our items are still designed and tested for the older OS.
Great little device, does exactly what I wanted, I am very happy with it and the on-line instructions required on getting it going initially.
I believe the update screws up the tiny avr process.. I had my attinys working.. updated to the new one… now they dont work.. Back to the previous one and it is back on… KNowing my newbieness…it is probably just me but still the error is
Arduino: 1.6.1 (Windows 7), Board: “ATtiny85 (internal 8 MHz clock)”
Selected board depends on ‘arduino’ core (not installed).
This report would have more information with “Show verbose output during compilation” enabled in File > Preferences.
so I guess for now Ill stick with the previous version…
Very convenient and easy to use. headers make prototyping simple. The pins on the back make it simple to program other AVRs, just make sure to use right angle pins or it won’t plug into a laptop.
Greetings from Germany. I bought this item and it arrived in Cologne in less then 2 weeks, great! I used the shipping time to prepare my Arduino IDE and alter the blink-sketch, so when the programmer arrived, I put it into the USB-Port, installed the drivers, one click and the LED startet blinking. You get what you see and it does what it should do, so there is no reason to grumble. Nevertheless I wonder why did they not solder in the pins for the ISP-headers. I think it would not rise the price that much and would prevent me from messing around with the valuable PCB. Driver-installation on win 8 is really a pain in the … Here in german language: Treiberinstallation für deutsches win 8.1: win-Taste+C: öffnet Charms-Menue (rechte Seite) - EInstellungen - PC-Einstellungen ändern - Update/Wiederherstellung - Wiederherstellung - Jetzt neu starten - Problembehandlung - Erweiterte Optionen - Starteinstellungen - Neustart dann die 7 wählen, der PC startet und endlich kann man die Treiber installieren
DIese Abfolge am besten ausdrucken, damit man sich nicht verirrt.
This is a very handy programmer. Works great for general ISP programming as well. One drawback on the design are the female header pins for prototyping. They are of the machined type headers and components or wires do not hold very well in them. So they are mostly useless for prototyping. They should have been female header like they use on the Arduino boards.
Hi, Thanks for the feedback. I would like to see this revised to run standard female headers as well. I will share your feedback with the engineers for the next time this gets a revision. Thank you
Super handy. Buy a chip extractor to go with it.
If you want to program an ATTiny84 with this, here are the pin connections:
ATTiny84 ---> Tiny Programmer 1 ---> + 14 ---> -- (minus sign) 4 ---> (unlabeled) 7 ---> 0 8 ---> 1 9 ---> 2
( find more info here )