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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by JosephKK, Feb 5, 2010.

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  1. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    I am looking for enough kit to do maybe two or three projects for PIC andAVR.
    Target price, about $100 for each vendor. Works in Linux or Linux/wine preferred.
    Also some small LCD displays if not included. I can go higher $ but prefer not to.
  2. Tim Watts

    Tim Watts Guest

    STK500 is the defacto for AVR 8's (Mega/Tiny). Need STK600 or similar for
    AVR32. STK500 works beautifully under linux (it's an intelligent board so
    RS232 is not a bit-bang timing sensitive interface, thus works with random
    USB-RS232 adaptors too). Supports so called low voltage and high voltage
    (rescue mode) programming - some cheap knock-offs might not. 80 quid UK, so
    hopefully within your budget in dollars.

    avrdude for programming and fuse blowing devices. GCC for compilation and
    linking. Ubuntu linux has all the required packages in the main repos.
    Shouldn't be any issues with other linuxes.

    I'll leave PICs to someone else, except that GCC does not target PICs and is
    unlikely too. SDCC I *think*???
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    gcc isn't available for 8-bit PICs, and sdcc's PIC support is pre-alpha

    There is a Linux CLI tool for driving the PICKit2, though, as well as
    an assembler/disassembler/linker (gputils).
  4. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    Cool. Lots of stuff i had not found on my own. Thranx. Open for more.
  5. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    That is a bit steep. I will consider it.
  6. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    It seems that Atmel has decided to graft itself onto the gcc toolchain
    for AVR32 development. I think that the STK1000 is required for this
  7. Tim Watts

    Tim Watts Guest

    What - price of STK500?

    There are cheaper ways if that's an issue. Lot's of 3rd party bits and bobs
    will support ISP low voltage programming too and if you are desperate
    enough, you can jury rig a parallel port to bit bang the things.
  8. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    Thanks but i am so not into bit banging with a PC, that is what uCs were
    invented for.
  9. Tim Watts

    Tim Watts Guest

    JosephKK <>
    wibbled on Monday 15 February 2010 00:38

    Then you'll want the STK500 (there are newer versions, called ), a clone or
    maybe a USB/RS232 to ISB bridge - all of which have some intelligence. Maybe
    I misread you (is 80 quid give or take too much?).

    This is probably the cheapest option if you don't need a development board
    with sockets, leds etc as such:

    25 quid and presents as an STK500 to the PC (so everything will talk to it)
    and presents an Atmel standard ISP header (well, both of them) at the other.

    However, it doesn't appear to support High Voltage programming, so if you
    mess up the wrong fuse you won't be able to rescue the device.
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