Česká verze stránky o desce zdroje a patic pro "ISP" programování

Sockets and power supply board for AVR ISP programmer

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View of the populated board:
s_board-top.jpg (46kB)

Solder side view:
s_board-bottom.jpg (39kB)



"Kanda" connectors

You might be surprised by the two identically connected IPS connectors "Kanda" on the board. There are two reasons
for this:
1) The board can be used to mutually connect and power two ISP programmers. In this way, one ISP programmer
can be upgraded or initially programmed from the other ISP programmer.
2) The board can be used for programming other chips than those which have "sockets" on the board. For this case,
a simple adapter from Kanda connector to the needed socket has to be used.

Crystal / External Clock switch

Most of the chips can be switched to external clock using fuses. If this happens, the chip couldn't be programmed anymore,
if there would be only a crystal on the board. That's why there is a clock signal source on the board, built from a CMOS
version of the 555 timer. The generated frequency is approximately 1MHz. CAUTION, the "classical" (bipolar) 555
cannot be used for such a high frequency!
Switch S1 is used to choose crystal or 555. If external signal is chosen, the blue LED2 is lit. The switch is of an unknown
type, salvaged from an old phone.

What to look after

Watch out for the wire interconnects beneath the ATtiny socket! It is necessary to insert two wires into a single hole
This board is not designed for biprog HW 2.1 and 3.0, so it is not possible to program AT89LP4052 and AT89LP2052
without a modification!

What would I do in other way

I discovered a drawback of the construction immediately after building it. The ATtiny26 has a different pinout than other
20-tin AVRs. Never mind, I said to myself, I will make a special adapter - I have two Kanda connectors there for this
purpose... But wait - I forgot the clock source!
How would I design the board today? I have two options:
  1. Add a MLW14G type connector. It would have 2 extra pins (compared to Kanda) for clock signal.
    Adapters would be connected via this connector.
  2. Add a 2-pin keyed connector (e.g. PSH02-02). Adapters would be connected using one of the Kanda connectors
    plus this two-pin connector. This solution is simpler to make but more complicated to use.
So, if you consider building this construction, don't forget to add this connector!
I would also be more generous with space and make the board bigger. Some of the chips are quite hard to remove from
their "sockets"...


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