Introduction - Getting USB ISP Programmer (clones) to work on MacOS
What started as an attempt to do a bit TinyML led to a day long exercise in getting a USB-ISP V2.0 programmer to work. These are cheap programmer boards used to flash programs to ATmega, ATtiny microcontrollers from Atmel. These micro-controllers usually very easy to use since most folks use them via Boards like Arduino UNO, Nano, Pro Micro and the like that have USB-to-Serial built-in.
If you need to program the chips and use the bare minimum components, you will have to move away from the Arduino boards to the bare-essentials.
BUT, to do that, you will need to somehow flash firmware to the chips. Enter: USB-ISP Programmers.
I bought a very cheap one for around 4 USD only to find out that it does not work (on Mac Monterey atleast). Rather than return the device, I tried to figure it out and benefited from the lessons from many folks who had already made the journey.
To save time for others:
- Summarized the symptoms
- Modified and compiled the source code
- Written a small Readme section for folks to follow
You can check out the repository at https://github.com/p2c2e/usbasp.2011-05-28-zhifengsoft-USB-ISP-Clone.git
Device that I bought: https://robocraze.com/products/usb-isp-programmer-version-2-0 Image:comments powered by Disqus