ICSP Pogo Pin Adapter Equipment for Straightforward AVR Programming

When utilizing most Arduino improvement boards and the like, you plug in a USB cable, arrange your software program, hit add, and off it goes, blinking away or doing no matter else you commanded it to. Nevertheless, having USB capabilities onboard can imply one other chip and wasted energy. In some unspecified time in the future you may need to hook as much as your chip immediately, doubtlessly utilizing a normal 2×3 six-pin AVR ICSP programming header.

In case your PCB has solely the ICSP footprint, with no precise header pins, a fast choice for is to make use of a set of pogo pins, which when correctly organized can join to every particular person unpopulated place. Since you’ll be able to’t maintain all six pins in place by your self, I designed a pair of helper boards to facilitate these connections.

Whereas it isn’t the fist such jig equipment available on the market, what units it other than some others is that it positions the ICSP connector in-line with the pogo pins. This makes it simple to find out the place every pin goes, and permits you to swap the only standoff/screws to the opposite facet if wanted.

The machine could be ordered with a 3D-printed meeting jig, which helps with the soldering course of. This was constructed utilizing KiCad’s capacity to export the board as a stable mannequin, which was then imported into Fusion 360 to construct the jig round.

Though a easy machine, the instruments we’ve obtainable to design, good, and finally make one thing like this are actually wonderful! You’ll be able to see the machine being assembled/used within the video beneath, they usually’re obtainable on Tindie for buy.