VR-ISP-MK2 support programming of Atmel 8-bit AVR microcontrollers with ISP, PDI or TPI interfaces. Using the AVR Studio® software, designers can program tinyAVR and megaAVR devices using the ISP Interface, tinyAVR devices using the TPI interface, and AVR XMEGA devices using the PDI Interface. The AVR Studio online-help contains the most current information and a complete list of supported devices.
Tested and working with AVR Studio 4, AVR Studio 5, ATMEL Studio 6
connects to PC via USB 2.0 Full speed
no need for external power supply as it takes the power supply from USB
uses Atmel's 2x5 pin ICSP and 2x3 pin PDI and TPI connector layout
works with 5V and 3.3V targets (selectable) and can supply target with power
Programs both flash and EEPROM
Supports fuses and lock bit programming
Upgradeable for future device support
Supports target voltages from 1.8V to 5.5V
Adjustable ISP programming speed (50Hz to 8MHz SCK frequency)
My device is unrecognized in ATMEL Studio 6. What should I do in order to get it recognized?
Please, follow the steps listed below
Connect the programmer to the USB and with a sharp object (needle or pin) press the upgrade pin - it is in a small hole at the back of the board (this will start the bootloader and will turn off the LED, also probably will show a new unrecognized device in device manager for which we will install driver in step 3)
Download and install the latest version of "Atmel Flip" software (it can be downloaded from the Atmel's web-site)
Open its install folder and update the software of the unrecognized device (usually under "Other devices" tab) with the drivers from folder named "usb"; the device should now be recognized as AT90USB162 under "libusb-win32" tab
Start "Atmel FLIP" and click "Select a target device" -> choose AT90USB162
Click "Select a Communication Medium" and then USB medium
From "File -> load HEX file" choose this HEX (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) and click "RUN" in the "Operations Flow" section
Disconnect the AVR-ISP-MK2 from the USB and connect it again
Does the firmware of AVR-ISP-MK2 differ from the original Atmel firmware?
The firmware of AVR-ISP-MK2 is based on the LUFA project by Dean Camera
I want to use AVR-ISP-MK2 with Arduino IDE. What should I do?
You need to make a firmware change and to switch to LibUSB drivers. Detailed explanation can be found in the manual