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MCP2210 Questions? Answered

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

Such wise words I should have heeded.  Anyhow I have my MCP2210 wired up correctly now, the computer recognizes it, configured using the MCP2210 Utility and the GPIO pins have been tested and work through the SPI Terminal that I downloaded for another product related to this from Microchip.

The question I have now is how much farther can I take this?  I started with this IC because I know (some) Arduinos use an FT232 USB to UART chip to connect USB to the Atmel chip they use.  I recall most Atmel MCUs can be programmed using SPI, so I figured I would try this out.  I also hoped this would delve into software so I could teach myself a bit about that as I am more familiar with hardware and building circuits.  If everything worked out I wanted to use these with an MCU so I could make myself custom small USB programmable boards for projects.  So would it be possible to program an ATTiny or ATMega through this using Atmel Studio 7.0?  What am I missing if it can be done?  What should I be researching next?  Anything to point me in the right direction is appreciated.  If this is not feasible, alright, what other applications would these chips as I have a few more of them?

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