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micro-controllers : What will I need to program them (Hardware) ? Answered

I have a PDIP chip ATMEGA168 a 28 pin mc and I want to use it. I wanna know what will I need to use it for some very basic gadget with a very small budget.Do I need a Development board and an ISP programmer both? Or is there anything like a small usb programmer where I can just put my chip and program using avr studio.. Actually I plan to make my own programmer and any schematic will help,
thanks in advance..

** so can I make a simple dev board, i need the micro controller for some kind of a alarm triggering mechanism for the overhead water tank so I dont wanna waste a lot of money for a full fledged dev board with lcd and stuffs, so how can i make a dev board..any links will be good !!

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rickharrisrickharris

Answer 7 years ago

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/278-7676961-5004544?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=PIC+programmer&x=0&y=0