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AVReAl - Supported adapters

Almost all Atmel AVR microcontrollers can be programmed at nominal VCC with simple protocol over SPI interface. In addition to standard SPI signals (SCK, MOSI, MISO) microcontroller /RESET input also used. XTAL1 input also can be used for AVR clocking without crystal.
Note that for ATmega103 in programming mode pins PDI (RXD, pin 2) and PDO (TXD, pin 3) must be used instead of MOSI, MISO pins of hardware SPI controller.


Only hardware MPSSE-based SPI supported now for FT2232, XTAL generation not allowed. See description of -a, -p switches and FT2232 configuration file for detailed explanations.

There are many FT2232-based adapters, mostly used for ARM-microcontrollers and all of them can be used for AVR programming.
Amontec JTAG key, JTAGkey-tiny
Turtelizer 2
ICEbear JTAG adapter
and many others. Some links can be found on Hubert Hoegl's page

MegaJohn's design.
Sorry, russian only, but gerbers/pcad files/pdfs need no translations. Use this config file for avreal 1.28r0 and higher.

;adbus4 - buffers OE control, active low
;acbus2 - LED control, active low

Simplest adapter

Minimal FT2232 to AVR adapter

Target board can be powered from USB +5V, install XJ1 jumper for this option. When the jumper not installed, FT2232 IO-buffers powered from target board and target VCC must be in 3..5V range.


For LPT adapters AVReAl uses software SPI implementation via different adapters. Some predefined adapters described below, almost any adapter can be defined by configuration file for LPT.

This is the first supported adapter because I start my work with AVR from FBPRG by Jerry Meng. This "adapter" contain only 5 wires from LPT connector to chip, but...
Altera Byte Blaster TM
This adapter designed by Altera for his PLD JTAG and serial programming.
STK200/STK300 adapter
Supplied by Atmel with AVR development boards.
XILINX parallel download cable

I recommend not use the simplest "5 wires" adapter. LPT chip distinctions and signal degradation can produce programming errors. Altera Byte Blaster useful also for Altera PLD programming (I'm never disconnect Altera Byte Blaster from LPT2 :-). Or make STK200/STK300 compatible adapter based on same bus driver with different wiring to LPT. Bus driver improve waveforms and allow to left programming cable be connected to board after program downloading. After programming AVReAl put bus driver outputs into high impedance state and microcontroller starts operation.

"FBPRG" adapter
is simply wires that connect LPT connector pins with microcontroller ports as shown in table

LPT pin AVR signal LPT pin AVR signal
6 (D4) /RESET 8 (D6) SCK
7 (D5) MOSI 10 (ACK) MISO
5 (D3) XTAL1 18..25 (GND) GND

Programming can be done both in target board powered from it's power supply and in small special board powered from parallel port (switch -ap) using all free LPT data outputs. But the last method can work incorrectly. Also You can program AVR chip without crystal (switch -o0) particularly if You want set up microcontroller to work with internal RC generator.

Altera Byte Blaster

This adapter designed by Altera for it's PLD programming. I add Byte Blaster support to AVReAl because use Altera programmable logic and always keep this adapter connected to LPT.

Schematic shown below slightly modified:
1) LED indicators added (GREEN - power present, RED - programming in process).
2) Free bus driver output used for additional signal, passed to pin 8 of X2. This line used for software XTAL1 generation
(switch -o0).

Altera Byte Blaster schematic

X2 connector pin assignments in AVR programming mode.

X2 pin AVR signal X2 pin AVR signal
5 nRESET 6 Not connected

Use the same connection for ByteBlasterII. No adapter modifications required for XTAL generation

Atmel STK200/300 adapter

STK200 and STK300 are Atmel evaluation boards with At90s8515 and Atmega103 respectively. These boards supplied with programming adapter supported now by AVReAl according to requests of STK board owners. Schematic shown below has both autodetect wires - for STK200 (LPT pins 2-12) and STK300 (pins 3-11). Line 'LED' can be used for software XTAL1 generation (switch -o0).

STK200/300 schematic

Both "buffered" adapters use 74HC244 bus driver. I recommend use 1.5-1.8m length cable from LPT to adapter and 15-25cm cable from adapter to AVR microcontroller.

XILINX parallel download cable

JTAG connector pin usage for AVR serial programming

JTAG pin AVR signal JTAG pin AVR signal
VCC (pin 1) VCC GND (pin 2) GND
TCK (pin 4) SCK TDO (pin 6) MISO
TDI (pin 7) MOSI TMS (pin 9) nRESET

p.s. Sorry my English :-(