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2003\05\26@231346 by Robert Ussery

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Howdy!

Anyone have any experience with the Atmel AVR starter kit, STK500?
I just ran across this in Digikey for $79 U.S., and thought it was a typo. Supposedly all that's required is the AVR Studio software (free, I guess... I'm downloading it from the Atmel site, but I haven't really seen whether it's an eval. version or not.), and a power supply.
What's the catch?! Any reasons why I shouldn't purchase this system?
I'm interested in getting started with the AVR's, but I've always thought a dev. kit and IDE cost about $1000.

- Robert

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2003\05\27@001911 by Katinka Mills

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I have lots of experience with them :o) I own 2 lol

The software is free to download and fully functional, yes it is a free IDE
:o)

I use them in professional design work, I just use the switches and leds
during development and use the ISP system to program the target :o)

I also use the ICE 200 (which costs around us$200 IIRC) but that only works
for older chips that are being phased out, now we use the Jtag ICE but it
needs the final PCB to work as it does the simulation on the actual part.

If you need any help, just join the AVR-Chat yahoo group :o)


Regards,

Kat.

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2003\05\27@001919 by hard Prosser

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No experience with the STK500 but AVR Studio is free and you can make a
parallel port programmer for a $1 or so.
do a web search for "Sample Electronics" programmer or download the
evaluation version of BASCOM. You can use the BASCOM programming software
to program the assembled files even if you don't want to use BASIC.

Cheap, easy & seems to work OK.
You'll still need to buy the AVR chips though. (The ATMega series are
pretty useful)

$79 for a proper starter kit looks like a good deal even so.


Richard P





Howdy!

Anyone have any experience with the Atmel AVR starter kit, STK500?
I just ran across this in Digikey for $79 U.S., and thought it was a typo.
Supposedly all that's required is the AVR Studio software (free, I guess...
I'm downloading it from the Atmel site, but I haven't really seen whether
it's an eval. version or not.), and a power supply.
What's the catch?! Any reasons why I shouldn't purchase this system?
I'm interested in getting started with the AVR's, but I've always thought a
dev. kit and IDE cost about $1000.

- Robert

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2003\05\27@074847 by Russell McMahon

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> Anyone have any experience with the Atmel AVR starter kit, STK500?

Work well.
Do exactly what they are meant to do.
Fairly limited functionality but entirely usable.
Excellent cycle time from run-modify-assemble-run (seconds).
Lots of sockets for on board programming and/or running various types OR use
ISP connectors.

A few gotchas getting some AVR's to program and run via ISP (eg ATtiny26)
but that's not the kits fault and it is doable.

Good value.

Zilog ICE's are often even better value, but then you;d have to use a Z8 :-)
(Actually, Z8 is an excellent processor architecturally - Zilog and some
practical implementation aspects I have been less happy with).



       Russell McMahon

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2003\05\27@133126 by Robert Ussery

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Thanks for your help, Russ, Katinka, Rich!

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> Fairly limited functionality but entirely usable.

Limited just by the number of AVR's compatible with it? How else?

> Lots of sockets for on board programming and/or running various types OR
use
> ISP connectors.

Cool... I love ISP!

> A few gotchas getting some AVR's to program and run via ISP (eg ATtiny26)
> but that's not the kits fault and it is doable.

'K, shouldn't be a prob, as I'll only be using one or two AVR's, I'll make
sure to get ones that will work!

> Zilog ICE's are often even better value, but then you;d have to use a Z8
:-)
> (Actually, Z8 is an excellent processor architecturally - Zilog and some
> practical implementation aspects I have been less happy with).

Yeah, I've been looking at the Z8's also, but decided against them given the
criticism they've received on this list. :O)
Thanks again, TTYL.

- Trebor :O)

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2003\05\27@145342 by Douglas Wood

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If I remember correctly, I think the STK500 was superceded by the STK501(?).
I've used the STK200, STK300, and STK500 all with excellent results. I think
ATMEL pulled support for the '500 about the time I was using it
(Q4/01-Q1/02). You might give ATMEL a call (or email) and inquire about
that.

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2003\05\27@151636 by David VanHorn

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At 01:52 PM 5/27/2003 -0500, Douglas Wood wrote:

>If I remember correctly, I think the STK500 was superceded by the STK501(?).

Nope. The 501 is an add-on board, with external SRAM and ZIF connector for the M128 in TQFP and a couple other of the Mega line.
The ZIF connector alone is priced at about $200 if bought separately.


>I've used the STK200, STK300, and STK500 all with excellent results. I think ATMEL pulled support for the '500 about the time I was using it

The 500 is absolutely current. I'm using them now.

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