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Wiring the ESC for flashing firmware

A project log for Modified ESC for Bidirectional BLDC Control

A cheap alternative to more expensive BLDC controllers, where only simple operation is required. More features may be added as required.

AnthroboticsAnthrobotics 05/22/2020 at 03:300 Comments

Here is the current wiring setup for flashing a generic ESC with new firmware. The layout of soldered wires for re-flashing will depend on the model of ESC.

Six wires are soldered onto the six exposed pads on the PCB. They are, from left to right,

RESET > VCC > GND > SCK > MISO > MOSI

The wires are connected to a USBASP programmer using a 6 to 10 pin ISCP ribbon cable, following the standard Arduino ISCP pinout. 

USBASP Programmer

It can be hard to tell from the image as the plastic bits on the jumper wires are crammed together. We actually ended up just soldering to the ATmega8 chip directly as the pads ripped right off the PCB!

Fixing the botched attempt. Notice the carnage on the second image...

With that out of the way, hopefully we can flash some different firmware to the chip. Fingers crossed, we won't have to go looking for another alternative. If we do, hopefully it is also affordable to fit the bill for our project.

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