Atmel START is an innovative online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects. It lets you select and configure software components, drivers and middleware, as well as complete example projects specifically tailored to the needs of your application. The configuration stage lets you review dependencies between software components, conflicts and hardware constraints. In the case of a conflict, Atmel START will automatically suggest solutions that fit your specific setup.
With graphical pin-mux and clock configuration, you can easily match your software and drivers with your own hardware layout. The tool also provides automated assistance for retargeting projects and applications for different devices. Getting that sample code to run on your board has never been easier.
Atmel START is an online tool: no installation is required. When you are done with your configuration, you can download it for use together with your preferred integrated development environment (IDE), including Atmel Studio, Keil or IAR, and continue development. If you later need to change the configuration you can load it in Atmel START, reconfigure and continue where you left off.
Atmel START is based on the latest generation of the Advanced Software Framework, ASFv4. The driver layer in ASFv4 has been re-architected for better performance and reduced code size. Care has been taken to make sure that code generated by Atmel START is readable, as well as easy to navigate and extend. Please refer to the user guide to learn more about what’s new in ASFv4.
SAM L11 MCUs feature Arm® TrustZone® technology, which provides hardware-based separation between trusted and non-trusted zones. This protects critical functions or sensitive information stored in the trusted zone from being accessed by the non-trusted zone, enabling the system designer to isolate and compartmentalize their design.
The Atmel START TrustZone Manager is a graphical user interface that comes as a plug-in utility with the Atmel START to simplify the implementation of Arm TrustZone in SAM L11 MCUs.
The Data Visualizer plug-in captures and displays run-time power data from your application when used with the Power Debugger or a supported Xplained-PRO board. You can profile the power usage of your application as part of a standard debug session. Sampling the program counter during power measurements makes it possible to correlate power spikes with the code that caused them.
Atmel Studio 7 features seamless one-click import of projects created in the Arduino development environment. Your sketch, including any libraries it references, will be imported into Studio 7 as a C++ project. Once imported, you can leverage the full capabilities of Studio 7 to fine-tune and debug your design. Atmel Studio 7 fully supports the powerful embedded debugger on the Arduino Zero board. For other Arduino boards, shield-adapters that expose debug connectors are available, or switch to one of the many available Xplained-Mini/PRO boards to fully leverage the Microchip HW eco-system. Regardless of what you choose, you will surely make something amazing.
The Help system in Atmel Studio 7 supports on-line as well as off-line access, meaning that you will always get the latest documentation when you are connected, and that it will stay with you when you are mobile. Device-aware context sensitivity and an IO-view are contained in the editor, allowing you to look up register-specific information from the datasheet of the part you are using without leaving the editor. The AVR-Libc documentation further enhances the context sensitive Help system, allowing you to look up function definitions easier than ever before. Do you still want to join?
Atmel Studio 7 is free of charge and is integrated with Advanced Software Framework (ASF)—a large library of free source code with 1,600 project examples. ASF strengthens Atmel Studio by providing, in the same environment, access to ready-to-use code that minimizes much of the low-level design required for projects. Standard IDEs are suited for creating new software for an MCU project. In addition to this, the Atmel Studio 7 IDP also:
To help you bring your ideas to life even faster, we’ve added quick-start software libraries for MikroElektronika click boards into START. Now you can easily incorporate sensing, control, or communication functionality to your prototype design without the stress and hassle of low level code development and validation.
You can download and securely purchase both Atmel and third-party compilers, advanced debugging tools, real-time operating systems, communication systems and other extensions and plug-ins straight from the Atmel Studio 7 development platform and via gallery.atmel.com. The Atmel Gallery app store provides development tools and embedded software for MCU-based application design.
When you encounter a need for a tool in the middle of your development process, or are seeking some basic source code, you won't have to leave your environment to search for your solution. From Atmel Gallery, you can also download a plug-in that will give you direct access to Atmel Spaces, our new collaborative workspace.
With embedded applications easily topping tens of thousands of lines of code—often written by designers dispersed around the globe—efficient collaboration is critical for a project's success. Atmel Spaces provides a cloud-based workspace where you can securely share and track open-source, community-developed embedded design projects with your peers.
With access control, version control, bug and feature trackers, mailing lists and wikis, Atmel Spaces provides a secure and efficient place for sharing design tips, tricks and resources and for tracking progress of projects with your peers.
You can access Atmel Spaces at spaces.atmel.com or directly from Atmel Studio with an extension available in Atmel Gallery.