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Get Started Now with AVR® Microcontrollers

Did you know that you can begin prototyping with AVR® microcontrollers in just three easy steps? Follow this guide to get started quickly.

Step 1: Download an Integrated Development Environment
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The first step in development is selecting and downloading an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Developers using AVR microcontrollers have their choice of using either Atmel Studio 7 or MPLAB® X (beta support), whichever they’re more comfortable with. Additional information, as well as download options, for both IDEs can be found in the links below.

Atmel Studio 7 IDE

Atmel Studio 7 is an easy-to-use integrated development environment (IDE) for writing, developing and debugging all AVR microcontroller applications.

MPLAB X IDE

Those already familiar with our MPLAB X IDE can use it to program and debug AVR devices – adding a layer of versatility to your development toolset.

PRO TIP: Atmel START is an innovative online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects. The tool is platform independent and can generate project files for both Atmel Studio 7 and MPLAB X IDE.
Step 2: Connect an Xplained Development board
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Xplained boards are a rapid prototyping and evaluation platform for AVR microcontrollers (MCUs). These evaluation kits are low-cost, customizable with a wide range of expansion boards and integrate seamlessly with both Atmel Studio 7 and MPLAB X IDE.

The ATtiny817 Xplained Mini evaluation board is a general-purpose development option featuring the 8-bit ATtiny817 microcontroller (MCU). The board comes with a built-in debugger that fully integrates with Atmel Studio 7 and MPLAB X IDE.

PRO TIP: For more advanced capabilities, the ATmega4809 Xplained Pro Evaluation board is a professional grade, general-purpose evaluation board. The board features an onboard debugger and standardized extension connectors, which enable you to build out your design by easily connecting components specific to your application.

 

Step 3: Follow Along with Our Examples
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Tutorials
Step through an introductory tutorial alongside a Microchip technical expert with the Getting STARTed with AVR® video series. In addition to video tutorials, hundreds of examples are included in START. Each example includes an accompanying guide. You can download the hex file directly into Atmel Studio, or modify the source code in the browser.

Discussion Forums
Did you know there is a developer community for AVR users? Users world-wide are constantly discussing new topics and inventions using AVR microcontrollers. Be a part of the communities, participate in discussions, and get valuable feedback on any issue you may have through AVR Freaks discussion forums.

PRO TIP: A wide variety of application notes are available on every product page. These documents, written by technical experts, show you how you can take your embedded design further.

Getting Started with AVR
Take your first steps through AVR programming with a Microchip technical expert. In this series, you’ll begin by learning how to import examples, and eventually move on to opening your own project and implementing advanced AVR capabilities. Getting STARTed with AVR® series offers a quick, yet thorough introduction to AVR.  

AVR Insights
From the core to the peripherals, AVR Insights dives into different features of AVR MCUs. Learn how you can enhance your embedded design by following along with the examples posted in each video description. 

PRO TIP: Tune in to our Livestreams for a unique opportunity to discover how you can use your MCU more effectively, learn insider tips/tricks and get your questions answered by Microchip engineers, all live – or, as we like to say, in real time.