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USBThumb Propeller Programmer

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The USBThumb is like a 'Super PropPlug' - out of the bag, it's a USB-Serial converter you can use to program your Prop and works just like a regular PropPlug.

What makes it awesome is that it's built with a PIC18F14K50. Headers on the edge of the USBThumb let you use it in your projects and the integrated bootloader lets you re-program it via USB. Compared to the Prop, it's a pretty simple uController, but it's got some handy tricks;
  • 9 Channel, 10-bit ADC
  • USB 1.0 and 2.0 with libraries for HID, Mass Storage, Audio and more
  • i2c, RS232, RS485
  • Connects directly to the Acc_Gyro 5DOF IMU
  • And a few more - the full datasheet is here (pdf).
Best of all, it's cheaper! It's only $20 when you checkout with coupon code 'thumb'. I'm pretty excited about the USBThumb, it's A Super PropPlug that's cheaper and more flexible. While a PIC will never be as cool as a Prop - it might be cooler than the FTDI.

More info on the Project Page. As usual, let me know if you have any questions!