Is there a reasonably priced gang or production programmer for ATmega2560.
What is your budget ? and what is the volume of your production ?
Well. I could think tens or 100-200 of £€$. Our batch size is few tens, not more than 50.
if its 50 max. then just use your microchip programmer....you dont need an In-Circuit production programmer. This is what I think. However, you can contact alank2 here on the forum, I believe he make some cheap solutions for stand alone programmers...
I have to think about this, you maybe right about the quantity.
Thanks Moe123, info about my autoprogrammer is here;
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Thank you Alank2 and ki0bk for your posts. A couple of questions, I have AVRISP2 already but it is for single CPU, can your devices burn several at the same time. And how easy it is to handle several programmers.
My device is standalone, it can only DO one at a time, but it is independent of a PC once programmed, so you can plug it, plug it, plug it, and it will program program program. You can buy more than one and connect them to the PC at one time and program them all with a single click. Then plug them into boards to program 4 (or more) at a time.
Interesting, thank you.
I do similar size batches and program each board individually. The savings in time doing them all at once would be miniscule. By the time you factor in attaching the board to the programmer, removing the board from the programmer, marking the board to indicate it is programmed, etc, etc, you save nothing.
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Hi alank2. How do we order one of those standalone programmers. Is there a weppage for it.
FYI Microchip Direct will program the chips for a reasonable fee.
Think about what you have to do to "program". Unless you have a big bead-of-nails, you have to plug a programmer into each board, whether it gang or individual. Or, you could have programming connections joining all the MCUs which come apart when a panel is separated into individual boards.
If you are working with individual boards, a gang programmer buys you nothing compared to alank2's programmers. Even with a gang programmer, you still have to plug and unplug from each board. With alan's unit, you plug, push button, and remove. Probably less time, actually, than activating that gang programmer.
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We are quite likely going buy one of alank's devices. Now it depends mostly of how to do it, where to post and so on. Especially because now the customer is a not a private person.
Alan's device be very usefull during a service visit or other "emergencies".
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