Pololu USB AVR Programmer V2

I recently purchased another ATmel AVR programmer. I normally use a USBasp programmer with out-of-circuit chips and, less frequently, in-circuit chips. Anyway, Pololu is an electronics manufacturer based in the USA, specifically Los Vegas, Nevada. I’ve previously used a couple of their products and they are of good quality and are well thought out. This isn’t a product endorsement – I simply like the product.

Pololu USB AVR Programmer V2 interested my because of its unique features combined with a bargain price and good support. So, I made a short video of using the Pololu USB AVR Programmer V2 with the Arduino-IDE. I also tested it using avrdude in a Makefile but that isn’t shown in the video. The video shows me using a ISP-6 to ISP-10 adapter because I was programming an ATTiny85 DIP in my old homemade universal programmer socket adapter and it only has an ISP-10 connector.

Interesting features:

  • Connects to computer through USB
  • Emulates an STK500 programmer through virtual port
  • Works with standard AVR programming software, including Atmel Studio, AVRDUDE, and the Arduino IDE
  • Configuration software provided for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (not manually configurable)
  • Supports 3.3 V and 5 V devices
    • can be configured to auto-switch operating voltage based on detected target VCC
    • Can optionally power the target at 3.3 V or 5 V via Pololu provided configuration software
  • USB-to-TTL serial adapter for general-purpose serial communication – pinout of commonly-available FTDI USB-to-serial cables allows plugging directly into some Arduino-compatible boards, such as the Adafruit Trinket.
  • Provides a 100 kHz clock output.
  • All I/O pins are protected with 470 Ω resistors
  • 6-pin ISP connector


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2 Responses to Pololu USB AVR Programmer V2

  1. Hi Celem,
    Congratulations to buy USB AVR Programmer.
    If you want, I will send for you a Tester/Programmer SANA.It’s free for you!


    • celem says:

      Hossein, Thank you for your offer – your automated programmer’s description is indeed impressive. However, my needs are simple and sporadic and I would be unable to give it adequate testing given restraints on my time.

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