USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

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USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

Post by admin » Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:27 pm


A compact USB in-circuit programmer (HCDVBD0031) specifically designed to program most versions of Atmel AVR microcontrollers. The programmer plugs straight into a USB port on your computer and features the standard Atmel 10 pin ICSP IDC header. With the included IDC cable this allows it to connect directly to many types of Atmel development boards. We have also included a 10 to 6 pin adapter to allow it to be compatible with the standard 6 pin ICSP header. This includes most types of Arduino development boards such as the Uno, Nano, Mega, etc.

Additionally we have reprogrammed the firmware to allow it to be directly compatible with the Arduino IDE (simply select Tools->Programmer->USBasp) - the standard firmware is NOT compatible with the latest versions of the Arduino IDE.


Compatible with most types of Atmel AVR microcontrollers (see list)
Standard 10 pin ICSP header
Included ICSP cable for solderless connection to your development board
Included 10 to 6 pin adapter
Configurable 5V and 3V power supply
LED power and programming indicators
Compatible with AVRDude and Arduino IDE

Supported devices:

ATmega168 ATmega168A ATmega168P ATmega168PA ATmega328
ATmega328P ATmega103 ATmega128 ATmega128P ATmega1280
ATmega1281 ATmega16 ATmega16A ATmega161 ATmega162
ATmega163 ATmega164 ATmega164A ATmega164P ATmega164PA
ATmega169 ATmega169A ATmega169P ATmega169PA ATmega2560
ATmega2561 ATmega32 ATmega32A ATmega324 ATmega324A
ATmega324P ATmega324PA ATmega329 ATmega329A ATmega329P
ATmega329PA ATmega3290 ATmega3290A ATmega3290P ATmega64
ATmega8 ATmega8A ATmega48 ATmega48A ATmega48P
ATmega64A ATmega640 ATmega644 ATmega644A ATmega644P
ATmega644PA ATmega649 ATmega649A ATmega649P ATmega6490
ATmega48PA ATmega88 ATmega88A ATmega88P ATmega88PA
ATmega6490A ATmega6490P ATmega8515 ATmega8535

ATtiny12 ATtiny13 ATtiny13A ATtiny15 ATtiny25
ATtiny26 ATtiny45 ATtiny85 ATtiny2313 ATtiny2313A

Older Devices
AT90S1200 AT90S2313 AT90S2333 AT90S2343 AT90S4414
AT90S4433 AT90S4434 AT90S8515 AT90S8535



10 pin IDC
2)..............VCC (5V/3.3V via JP1)

Target power supply jumper. Selects between 3.3V and 5V power supply to target board.

Self programming mode. Short to reprogram USBasp firmware

Slow clock mode. Short if target clock is lower than 1.5MHz

Illuminated when programming device.

Power indicator.

Windows drivers:

To use your programmer with the Windows operating system you will first need to install a driver. To do this you can use the Zadig driver install utility which can be downloaded here:
The latest version of this utility can be downlaoded directly from the Zadig website here:

1) Plug your programmer into a USB port on your computer Windows may complain that it cannot find a driver but just ignore this message.

2) Run the Zadig utility by double clicking the zadig.exe executable.

3) The Zadig utility should now open up. In the drop down box at the top of the window you should be able to select the programmer. It will normally be listed as 'USBasp'. If you don't see it listed then go to Options->List all devices and try the drop down box again. You can confirm that you have the right device selected by checking that the USB ID text box is showing the correct VID and PID (16C0 & 05DC). Also make sure you have WinUSB ( selected for the driver driver version.


4) Click the 'Install Driver' button. This will automatically install a driver for the analyser. You can now close the Zadig window.

Old Drivers (use new Zadig method above):

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Re: USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

Post by DaveA » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:52 pm

I was wondering what the pros & cons are between this programmer and the USBTinyISP.

I want to have a dabble at programming the ATtiny85 using your tutorial (where the USBTinyISP programmer is used) and also work through a very good article in the Jan 2018 EPE Magazine which covers a number of simple projects based on the USBTinyISP. My experience so far is limited to the Arduino Uno.

From my limited knowledge, both programmers look as though they would do the job and though neither of them would break the bank, this one is a bit cheaper if all else is equal!

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Re: USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

Post by andrew » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:46 am

There really isn't much difference between the two. The UABTiny is generally better supported but then as most projects and software tend to use AVRDude as the programmer, which in turn works with both, it's generally not an issue. If you do end up going for the cheaper USBasp a couple pieces of advise (whilst at the same time plugging the one we sell) is that most USBasp's have out of date firmware that isn't supported by the Arduino IDE. We program ours with newer firmware that will work with the Arduino IDE. Secondly, the USBasp only has the 10 pin IDC header whereas the USBTiny has both 10 and 6 pin headers. We ship our USBasp with a 6 pin adapter making it compatible with the Arduino ICSP headers as well as the standard Atmel 10 header.
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Re: USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

Post by deamonata » Sun May 05, 2019 3:34 pm

Is this compatible with the ATMega1284p?

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Re: USBASP AVR programmer + Adaptor (HCDVBD0031)

Post by andrew » Mon May 06, 2019 7:21 am

It's not one we've tested ourselves but we program the USBasp with the latest version of firmware which supports devices with that size of flash memory. I've also seen examples of the programmer successfully programming that part so I see no obvious reason why it wouldn't work.
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