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usb enabled AVR programming

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I envision a future where instead of having to use a usb to serial converter chip just to interface with a AVR chip...

You could just get a spare usb cable, and hook the two data lines to the AVR's pin, and start reprogramming away at it.

Considering the popularity of the arduino, I would think it would make the ardunino even cheaper.

This will also allow for faster programming of chip on the field.

mofosyne, Jan 23 2011

USB hub used for In System Programming http://hackaday.com...system-programming/
"It uses the data wires from four different USB cables to program AVR chips..." [Spacecoyote, Jan 23 2011]


       A bootloader that can service the RXD and TXD pins as if they were USB IO?
Ian Tindale, Jan 23 2011

       So, if I understand correctly:   

       USB is a serial protocol
RS232 is a serial protocol
Therefore it should be possible for the USB port to act like an RS232 port (with suitable connectors), using software rather than hardware to convert the data formats?

       I'm curious because I've just started to dabble in using serial devices, having discovered that a large number of gadgets are still produced with RS232 instead of USB ports, while computers now mostly lack RS232 out.   

       Would the computational burden of this be too great? EG would the software have to sit checking for each bit of data in realtime, instead of just waiting for it to pile up somewhere and then go and collect it?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 23 2011

       There’s the AT90USB1287 — used in a variety of programmable USB “key” shaped devices.
Ian Tindale, Jan 23 2011

       Hmmm. Could some kind guru explain a bit of this jargon for the benefit of us nongurus (i.e., your present interlocutor)?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 23 2011

       looking at the AT90USB1287, I say that it looks pretty sweet.   

       If only, they also provide it in DIP socket format.   

       anyhow for maxBuch. DIP=Dual Inline Package, AVR = Brand of microcontrollers, Arduino=easy to program development board, RS232=super ancient port used for old old dial up modem. Hope that helps
mofosyne, Jan 24 2011

       Arduino is certainly not easy to program. It’s programmed in C — an appallingly designed failure of a language. It’s pretty near incomprehensible for all except the most esoteric full-time computer programmers, and certainly not approachable by the ordinary people who only set aside an hour or so on occasional weekends for this sort of thing. C is simply the wrong language.   

       If they’d have picked a non Harvard-architecture CPU, and if they’d have picked Forth as the language, then they’d have an easy to program board that the people as a whole could approach.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       MBED NXP LPC1768?
Dub, Jan 24 2011

Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       On OS X?
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       But I hate C.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       And here, I thought you were campaigning on behalf of "the people".
Jinbish, Jan 24 2011

       They hate C too, but they won’t tell you. They’ll just quietly put their Arduinos away and find something else to do on weekends that actually works by the end of the day. It’s the wrong language to use.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       //It’s the wrong language to use.//   

       Now - I'm not sure that is completely true... but at the same time (as we've had discussions around this before), I do know where you're coming from.   

       I hate C. I've had a very brief look at Forth and it does not seem to be any easier. It might make a bit more sense in some ways but it seems a little more low level. "The People" need a higher level language (and a monumentally clever compiler). Maybe Ruby... {link}   

       {Btw - I'm teaching assembler & 8051 as part of my microcontrollers class}
Jinbish, Jan 24 2011

       Aha — not a Harvard processor then. Incidentally, have you seen the MSP430? Only got about three and a half instructions. No way of using it on OS X though, so I can’t use my little USB stick thingy of it that I got for free.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       Righto - I just searched, then linked, then read, then sighed, then came back.   

       {link deleted}.
Jinbish, Jan 24 2011

       //non-Harvard//... Erm.. no - 8051 is a Harvard architecture (I'd better check!).
Jinbish, Jan 24 2011

       Ah, so it is. Not that closely related to the 8080 then. Then that’d make it hard to put a Forth on, I’m informed.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       There are several Forth compilers for AVR if you wish to go that route. (Incidentally I just received an MSP430 launchpad...haven't gotten it to do anything yet other than blink)
Spacecoyote, Jan 24 2011

       I’ve got amforth up on my breadboard arduino right now. It's too incomplete to be useful without a lot of work each time. There's pretty much no way of getting the forth programs into it except cutting and pasting line by line, and if you make a mistake it corrupts it and you have to go through the immense tedium of reflashing it with avdrude all over again.
Ian Tindale, Jan 24 2011

       //There are several Forth compilers for AVR //
I thought the attraction of FORTH was that it was interpreted not compiled, and therefore immediate, like the old home computer BASIC. Unless you've got some true interactive simulator to develop on before committing to ROM, I don't see the advantage of FORTH on an AVR (or any other Harvard architecture controller with less than about 16k bytes RAM).

       Learn C - it isn't that hard.   

       The only reason FORTH is reasonably fast is because it is stack-based, so the interpreter doesn't have to decode too many memory references. Beyond that, it is about as user-friendly as APL.
coprocephalous, Feb 02 2011

       The attraction of Forth is that I understand it a bit.
Ian Tindale, Feb 02 2011

       Baked: ATmega8U2/16U2/32U4?
notexactly, Jun 13 2015


       Arduino Leonardo etc... but more of a pain to spin your own board... (e.g. small to medium distribution of products based on Leonardo)   

       You need your own USB PID/UID number... and boy is it expensive. Not sure why they didn't use UUID.
mofosyne, Jun 13 2015

       I can’t understand anything I wrote back then. Must’ve had a different brain in.
Ian Tindale, Jun 13 2015


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