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Description: The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino compatible module that lets you see what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display. This USB programmer connects directly to the MicroView and lets you not only program the module, but use it to interface with your computer, Rapsberry Pi, or other USB device. The programmer has both male and female headers which allow it to be plugged into a MicroView module and a breadboard at the same time, making prototyping quick and easy.

If you want to learn more about the MicroView, check out the Kickstarter page.

Note: A MicroView OLED Arduino Module is NOT included with this USB Programmer. Check the Recommended Products section below to find one!

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  • Can you use a regular FTDI programmer instead? Or does the MicroView REQUIRE you to purchase/use this?

    • An FTDI programmer will just about work. You’ll need to add an external 0.1uF capacitor between the FTDI’s DTR and the MicroView’s reset pin to handle the auto-reset.

  • HI, I received the kit with the microview and usb programmer. Works/looks nice. Question: Can I use the programmer to programm other arduino’s without an onboard programmer? Like the pro mini ? And if so, is there a description about how to do so?

    Kind regards, Peter

    • Yes, it’s very easy to use - see http://t.co/rko3nYpKwa. The only caveat is TX and RX. For some reason, I had to connect RX to RX and TX to TX, but that’s probably because I used microView pinout schema, not the USB loader schema.

    • Hello, Yes you can use the USB programmer to programm other arduino’s boards. I made the test with a clone of an Arduino Pro Mini and it works fine only for 5V Arduino. (I don’t think the 3V is managed) Pinout : USB Programmer =>Arduino, RX (2)=>TX, TX (1)=> RX, 5V=> VCC, GND =>GND, RST=>DTR

  • OK… Weird happenings with this guy… I have a an I2C device MLX90614 Temperature Sensor Properly pulled up to 3.3V SDA, SCL. + .1 uf Bypass cap @ the MLX90613 3.3 V in (measures 3.25V) Interfaced to UView Pins A4 A5

    But the MicroView only properly reads I2C from MLX when this programmer is inserted between my host circuit and the uView.. (Regardless as to whether connected to USB or not)

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    The schematic says the only Pins 1 8, 9, 10, 15 are touched on the UView programmer.

    Is that really true? If I wanted to simulate the same loading, or capacitive effect of the programmer, what would you recommend to make the host circuit act like the uView programmer?

  • Hi I have one of these and it works great with the microview but I am wondering if I can use this to program a arduino pro mini? 3.3v or 5v or both. If so how to…

  • Can I use USB host shield (http://www.circuitsathome.com/products-page/arduino-shields/usb-host-shield-for-arduino-pro-mini) with MicroView? I read from somewhere that since MicroView uses SPI port and the USB host shield needs that, it wouldn’t work. Is that true? Is there a workaround? Thanks!

  • What pins are dedicated for MicroView USB Programmer use? I’ve find I have some odd behaviors when I leave the programmer inserted between the MicroView and the host “shield” (my interface to a couple temp sensors, FET, and piezo-beeper.)… Just beginning to chase this down.. It would be great if a schematic were posted somewhere. Trying to use D2 D3, D4.

    • As its basically an Arduino it uses the hardware serial lines for programming. Otherwise you should be good. I’ll get the schematics put up ASAP, and if you are still having problems email techsupport@sparkfun.com and they should be able to help you.

  • Just wondering in relation to recent events. Is the FTDI chip on the programmer board legit?

    • Yes, we actually just posted on the front page an article talking about this. All of our FTDI chips should be legit.

  • I just got my 6 pack with two programmers. With both programmers and two units I get: avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00 Using Codebender.cc it gives a no response. I did choose Arduino UNO as my Board, is there a certain setting for Programmer? COM ports are active (8 and 9), it appears that the RX led blinks slowly several times but I never see the TX blink.

    Thanks

    • There is a problem with the bootloader on the MicroView, seehttps://www.sparkfun.com/news/1575. Walkthrough to fix the problem at http://makezine.com/2014/08/20/are-you-experiencing-problems-with-your-new-microview/.

  • Hi! Loving the Microview Learner’s Kit so far… but, the USB programmer seems to have failed after limited use (computer does not detect, not visible on COM port, yet microview is powered - error duplicated on two PCs). Just wanted to post something so that Sparkfun might detect a defect in their manufacturing, if premature failures are experienced elsewhere.

    Also, ask if Kickstarter backers can get in line to buy a replacement sooner than otherwise available? (or even better, if Sparkfun has any sort of guarantee!?). Right now, I’m dead in the water, although I noted the conversation about using a regular FTDI programmer with 0.1uF cap…

    Thanks!

    • I’d recommend contacting techsupport@sparkfun. They should be able to help you out if this is indeed an error that has occurred previously, and what the steps would be regarding a replacement.

  • I received my learning kit today! But the website that’s on the piece of paper in the box is not up yet.

    • Hi Melrik, http://learn.microview.io/ is for general information. http://kit.microview.io/ if you have the Learning kit.

      Cheers

    • http://learn.microview.io/

      This is what I got when I entered the link from the piece of paper.

      I sort of followed the directions presented but also kind of winged it and I think I got a connection (MS doesn’t mesh well with Buffalo Springfield and beersss or Cream…). I also have a few different Arduino installs to deal with variations of Sparkfun/Adafruit/Trinket/etc. who have all different tweaks (I think Linux is more organized!!!).

      I tried the MicroViewCube and got:

      Binary sketch size: 12,916 bytes (of a 30,720 byte maximum) avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00

      on COM9

      not what I was expecting…

      It goes through the demo ok though…

  • since it is open hardware, where can i see the schematic?..

    • It looks like we don’t have that up yet, but we are still working on the page and finalizing everything. Email techsupport@sparkfun.com and they should be able to get you the current (not necessarily final, but close) schematic.

  • If I’m getting a MicroView thru the Kickstarter program, is the programmer included?

    • From the Kickstarter, the “Microview” Tier includes a MicroView and a Breadboard. The “Starter Kit” tier includes a MicroView, a Programmer, a Breadboard, and a 1.5ft USB Cable extension. What you receive will depend on which of those reward tiers you chose when you backed the Kickstarter.

      Thank you for doing that, by the way. Neither product would exist if you hadn’t.

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All-in-one programmer package for the MicroView

This USB programmer along with a MicroView (DEV-12923) form a complete Arduino programming package for the next step beyond the SIK. Push the long header pins into a breadboard, add a USB extension cable (CAB-00517) and you have an easy to use development system.


Works very well with MicroView... can it be used to program other AVRs?

Works very well with the microview. Is it also possible to use it to program other AVRs? (e.g., a bare 328 or some attiny’s)


Absolutely worth it

Programming the MicroView without this rig was a challenge. This is an easy-to-use programmer and it makes programming a lot more fun. If you are on the fence, my recommendation is to buy one with your MicroView.


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