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I am aware that using a USB Hub you can attach multiple arduino to one computer and either upload code one by one or use bash script to upload code on all arduinos together. But you can attach only as many arduino to a computer. I need to prgram around 100 arduinos/atmega ICs at once. Is there a way to do so? There are other methods that I found online like programming ICs over Wifi network. But that require a lot of WiFi chips connected to arduino. I cant setup that. Also that doesn't seems cost effective. Also Arduino sells their uno and other boards with pre-installed blink program. They must be doing batch programming only (multiple ICs at once). Any idea how they do this?

  • What is the use case? Production line? I've made shield for the raspberry pi zero so with button, few status leds and two ISP lines to upload communucation 16u2 and 2560 firmware+bootloader in about minute. It's not so much time to do it in parallel. Btw you can chain USB hubs - one 16port -> 16x 16port (=256 if there is no limit on usb itself) and it'll be slow.. – KIIV Jul 11 at 8:29
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    To program over USB you need 1 connection per Arduino. The Serial connection cannot just be shared I think. Small deviations in the timing could disturb the whole communication. For programming over ISP you need a programmer for each Arduino. I would think that the production uses individual ISP programmers to program a small batch of Arduinos at once, then moving on to the next batch. When already building a product line automation, why would they need to program 100 of them at once, when the automation could also easily move the programmers between the batches – chrisl Jul 11 at 10:07
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    Why do you need to program 100 Arduinos at once? Can you give a little context here? – chrisl Jul 11 at 10:08
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Arduino, the company, may sell on enough volume to make it worthwhile to get the microcontroller manufacturer to program the microcontrollers durin the production process This wouldn't cost them extra if they already get the bootloader pre-programmed. I've read programming ICs is a service available to high volume customers.

I guess low volume makers use fixtures that use the ICSP headers, pogo sticks or IC clips and which trigger the programming on contact using a microswitch etc.

I suspect Adafruit do something of this sort, see GIFs and video discussing testing at

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2458

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