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Let us help choose the right AVR programmer for you

What type of Atmel AVR programmer do you need? Something low cost for production or development, a programmer that works from Microchip Studio, includes a debugger, has a DLL or command line interface or a portable programmer for field updates - Kanda has all types of AVR USB programmers.
AVR Programmers for Production and Field Updates

Kanda standalone AVR programmers are perfect for production and field updates as they are really easy to use. Just load on the PC, then they are completely portable, with battery use or power supply. Keyfob units are the smallest and simplest, AVR Handheld programmers come as single or 8 image versions with larger memory and Portable Programmers can store up to 31 different images.

USB AVR Handheld Programmer
  • Hand Held AVR ISP
  • Standalone, 1 button operation
  • USB PC loader and software
  • Battery powered, or use PSU
  • ISP,JTAG, TDI and UPDI support
  • Supports ATxmega with PDI and JTAG
  • Can power target
  • 8 program version available
USB 8-way AVR Handheld Programmer
  • Hand Held AVR Programmer
  • Holds up to 8 programs
  • Standalone, 1 button operation
  • USB PC loader and software
  • Battery powered, or use PSU
  • ISP,JTAG, TDI and UPDI support
  • Supports ATxmega with PDI and JTAG
  • Can power target
  • 512KB memory
USB AVR Keyfob Programmer
  • Low Cost Standalone AVR ISP
  • Standalone in keyfob case
  • One button press to program target
  • Includes USB loader and software
  • Simple software to load programmer
  • Easy to reprogram, retains code and settings for ever
  • V3 has ISP and UPDI interfaces
  • 256KB memory
  • No battery required
Portable Programmer
USB AVR Portable Programmer
  • Portable ISP
  • Standalone with LCD and Keypad
  • Simple keyboard layout
  • Includes USB loader, software and battery charger
  • Supports ISP, JTAG, TPI, UPDI and PDI (ATxmega)
  • Can hold up to 31 Atmel AVR target settings
Programmers for Development

If you are looking for a development programmer or something for low volume production, then AVRISP-U, AVRISP-MKII or AVR ICE will suit your needs perfectly. They either run from Atmel/Microchip Studio or have their own PC software.

USB AVR ISP Programmer
  • Low Cost PC AVR ISP
  • Fast USB ISP Kit
  • 6 and 10-way ISP interfaces
  • Standalone PC operation or run from Atmel Studio
  • Packed with features like Cal Bytes, serial numbers etc.
  • Can power target at 5V or support powered targets down to 1.8V
Production USB AVR Programmer
  • Production AVR ISP
  • Fast USB AVR ISP
  • Supports ISP and JTAG, includes JTAG adapter
  • DLL with example programs plus command line software
  • Multiple AVR programmers from one PC
  • Supports AT90S and all SPI and JTAG microcontrollers
AVR ISP MKII Programmer
  • Atmel Studio Programmer
  • Fully integrated with Atmel Studio
  • Supports ATtiny, ATmega and ATXmega AVR microntrollers
  • Simple plug and play USB
  • Firmware updates through Studio
  • Range of clock frequencies and voltage
Atmel ICE
ATATMEL-ICE Programmer and Emulator
  • AVR Programmer and ICE
  • Fully integrated with Studio
  • Combined programmer and AVR ICE
  • Supports AVR and ATXmega
  • Leads for ISP, JTAG and DebugWire
  • Can power target circuit
  • Genuine Microchip product

USB AVR Programmer Guide

Standalone GUI Yes Yes No No Yes (loader)
Atmel Studio Yes No Yes Yes No
JTAG No Yes No Yes Yes
ATxmega No No Yes (PDI) Yes (JTAG) Yes (PDI)
Power Target Yes No No No Yes
ICE No No No Yes (JTAG/DebugWire/UPDI) No
Cased Yes Yes Yes No Yes
DLL No Yes No No No
> 1 per PC No Yes No No 1 loader, many programmers
Old AT90S Some Yes No No Yes
Target Interface 6 and 10-way 10-way (6-way available) 6-way 6 and 10-way 10-way and JTAG
Command Line No Yes No No N/A

Different Types

AVR Dragon ICE

AVR Development
Studio based AVR ISP Kits and ICE, like AVRISP-MKII and AVR ICE. Plus AVR boards including STK200, STK300 and other microcontroller boards.
Production units

Production Programmers
AVR programmers for small and medium scale production such as low cost USB AVR ISP and Advanced AVR JTAG with standalone GUI, command line and DLL options
Standalone Keyfob and Handheld

Standalone Programmers
Keyfob and handheld portable products for easy, mistake free, production and field updates. The simplest AVR programmers on the market.

Portable and Standalone Programmer Guide

Our popular keyfob and handheld AVR programmers are perfect for non-technical users. Once loaded from the PC, they can be taken anywhere for use in difficult environments such as kitchens or laundries. The AVR target is programmed with a single button press, including data, fuses and lockbits. A green LED means pass and a flashing red LED means try again, what could be easier?

The keyfob version is tiny, just like a car key, low cost and very simple. The handheld version is larger, more robust with more protection against faulty circuits making it ideal for production use as well as field updates.

Keyfob and Handheld stand-alone products

Boards and Training Kits

As well as selling these AVR ISP kits on their own, we also supply a range of development and training kits with different AVR boards for 8 to 40-pin Atmel AVR microcontrollers (STK200), 64-pin ATmega devices (STK300) and 100-pin Xmega microcontrollers (Xmega Board).

These starter kits come with everything needed to learn about programming, including books, sample code and software. The boards are available with ISP, Dragon and JTAG ICE.

The AVR programmer included can be anATtiny programmer, an ATmega328P programmer or any other AVR programmer.

Development and Training Kits

Special Offer

Our AVRISP-U has not only been reduced in price but now includes lots of new features to make a complete Atmel AVR USB programmer including
  • Can power target circuit
  • Super drive capability to deal with capacitors, UART chips etc.
  • Standalone PC operation or run from Studio 4, 5,6 or 7
  • Easy USB install on all Windows OS, including 64-bit and Windows 10
AVRISP also includes buffer editors, serial numbering, automatic target detection and AVR ISP speed setting and RC calibration bytes. Plus extra production features such as program start on insertion, protection against faulty target circuits and pop-up warnings so errors can't be ignored.


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