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Part Number: Atmel START

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, START will automatically suggest solutions that fit you specific setup.

With graphical pin-mux and clock configuration, you can easily match your software and drivers with your own HW 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.

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 prefered integrated development environment (IDE), including Studio, Keil or IAR, and continue development. If you later need to change the configuration you can load it in START, reconfigure and continue where you left off.

START is based on the latest generation of the Software Framework, ASFv4. The driver layer in ASFv4 has been rearchitected for better performance and reduced code size. Care has been taken to make sure that code generated by START is readable, as well as easy to navigate and extend. Please refer to the user guide to learn more about whats new in ASFv4.

Start designing with START


Part Number: ATATMEL-ICE

Atmel-ICE is a powerful development tool for debugging and programming ARM® Cortex®-M based SAM and AVR microcontrollers with on-chip debug capability.

Atmel-ICE supports:

  • Programming and on-chip debugging of all AVR 32-bit MCUs on both JTAG and aWire interfaces
  • Programming and on-chip debugging of all AVR XMEGA family devices on both JTAG and PDI 2-wire interfaces
  • JTAG and SPI programming and debugging of all AVR 8-bit MCUs with OCD support on either JTAG or debugWIRE interfaces
  • Programming and debugging of all SAM ARM Cortex-M based MCUs on both SWD and JTAG interfaces
  • Programming of all tinyAVR 8-bit MCUs with support for the TPI interface
  • Programming and debugging of all AVR 8-bit MCUs with UPDI

For more information, please visit the Online User Guide.

Atmel-ICE kit contents:

  • ATATMEL-ICE: Encapsulated main unit, USB cable, 10-lead squid cable, flat cable (10-pin 50mil connector and 6-pin 100mil connector) and adapter board (20-pin 100mil connector, 6-pin 50mil connector and 10-pin 100mil connector)
  • ATATMEL-ICE-BASIC: Encapsulated main unit, USB cable and flat cable (10-pin 50mil connector and 6-pin 100mil connector)
  • ATATMEL-ICE-PCBA: PCB assembly of main unit only, no cables
  • ATATMEL-ICE-ADPT: 10-lead squid cable, flat cable (10-pin 50mil connector and 6-pin 100mil connector) and adapter board (20-pin 100mil connector, 6-pin 50mil connector and 10-pin 100mil connector)
  • ATATMEL-ICE-CABLE: Flat cable (10-pin 50mil connector and 6-pin 100mil connector)

The ATtiny3217 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is a hardware platform for evaluating the latest tinyAVR® microcontrollers. The evaluation kit comes with a fully integrated debugger that provides seamless integration with Atmel Studio.

The ATtiny3217 Xplained Pro is recommended for evaluation of the following products: ATtiny3217, ATtiny3216, ATtiny1617, ATtiny1616, ATtiny1614, ATtiny1607, ATtiny1606 and ATtiny1604.

The ATtiny3217 Xplained Pro evaluation kit does not include extension boards, which can be purchased individually.
ATtiny3217 Xplained Pro currently supports more than 20 extension boards — including wired and wireless connectivity, crypto authentication, QTouch capacitive touch kits as well as generic I/O and OLED boards.


Part Number: ATAVRFEB-P4

Performance, Precision, Power, Pins

The P4 board serves as an introductory learning tool to get started with Atmel START, Atmel Studio, and all the great peripherals AVR microcontrollers offer. This board comes with 4 push buttons, 4 LEDs, and an LCD screen so users can immediately get started interacting with the analog world as well as the digital. Learn new skills like clock switching, pin toggling (using a single pin as input and output at the same time), and power and memory usage reduction. Whether you are new to AVR devices, 8-bit design, or even programming in general, this board is the perfect way to get started with the added components you need.

Maximizing the value of 20 AVR pins:
  • 2 pins for VDD and GND
  • 1 pin for Unified Programming and Debug Interface (UDPI)
  • 2 pins for 32768 Hz crystal oscillator
  • 4 pins for 4 LEDs and 4 push buttons
  • 3 pins for interface to OLED display
  • 1 pin for SET/RUN slide switch detection
  • 6 pins for connector and I2C bus connection

Demonstrated techniques:
  • How to use 1 pin for both driving a LED and detecting a push button
  • How to switch between oscillators on-the-fly
    • Use 20 MHz internal oscillator when fast processing is required for driving display
    • Use 32768 Hz external crystal oscillator when precise timing is needed
    • Use 32 kHz internal Ultra Low Power (ULP) oscillator otherwise to minimize power consumption
  • How to use only 3 pins to drive a 128 x 64 OLED display
  • How to expand each display character on-the-fly to 12 x 16 pixels so it is easy to read but only uses 6 x 8 bits of Flash
  • How to make a design where part of the circuit can be switched off to minimize power consumption (without accidentally resetting the MCU)

AVR Parrot


Developing an audio recording and playback system can require a lot of component shopping and circuit board design. Save all that time and effort with a Parrot board that already provides the design and components necessary. With the addition of an external memory device, 8-bit devices may be the perfect solution for your low cost, low power audio needs. The Parrot board uses the AVR microcontroller event system and direct memory access (DMA) peripherals to create an audio storage and playback system that entirely avoids using the CPU after initialization. It also serves as a great method to add audio recording or playback to an existing design.
The CIP Hybrid Power Starter Kit is a hardware platform designed to demonstrate the flexibility of Microchip’s CIP Hybrid Power microcontroller as used in an SMPS application.

The board incorporates the PIC16F1779 as the freely programmable PMIC device of a Synchronous Buck Converter.

The Synchronous Buck Converter on the board accepts input voltages ranging from 6V to 16V and delivers an output voltage of 3.3V with a maximum load current of 8A. The output of the power supply is rated for maximum 25W.
  • Download the MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) SwitchMode Power Supply (SMPS) Library here.
  • For more information on CIP Hybrid Power and resources, click here.
The Microchip Curiosity Nano Base for Click boards™ evaluation kit is a hardware extension platform to ease the connection between Curiosity Nano kits and extension boards like the mikroBUS Click modules and Xplained Pro extension boards.
The dsPIC33CK64MP105 General Purpose Explorer 16/32 PIM (MA330047) is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the dsPIC33CK64MP105 family using the Explorer 16/32 Development Board (DM240001-2).
PIC18F26K83 Plug-In Module (PIM)
Processor Plug-In Modules are small circuit boards to be used with the various Microchip Development Boards to evaluate various MCU families. These plug into the main processor socket of the Development Boards so that different microcontrollers can be used for prototyping, demonstration or development --quickly and easily.

This processor PIM includes a 28-pin PIC18F26K83 MCU sample. The PIM plugs into Automotive Networking Development Board (ADM00716).

This PIM can be used to evaluate the following MCUs: