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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.

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Studio 7 is the integrated development platform (IDP) for developing and debugging all AVR® and SAM microcontroller applications. The Atmel Studio 7 IDP gives you a seamless and easy-to-use environment to write, build and debug your applications written in C/C++ or assembly code. It also connects seamlessly to the debuggers, programmers and development kits that support AVR® and SAM devices.

Additionally, Studio includes Atmel Gallery, an online app store that allows you to extend your development environment with plug-ins developed by Microchip as well as third-party tool and embedded software vendors. Studio 7 can also seamlessly import your Arduino sketches as C++ projects, providing a simple transition path from Makerspace to Marketplace.

LDRArules for MPLAB X is a perpetual license1 of LDRArules that is preconfigured for use with MPLAB XC Compilers’ language extensions, providing additional support within MPLAB X IDE via the provided Plug-In2. LDRArules provides the most comprehensive C/C++ coding standards enforcement available on the market today3. Additionally, it incorporates next-generation reporting capabilities to show code quality, fault detection, and avoidance measures. By providing transparency into source code, LDRArules allows managers, teams, and developers to monitor standards compliance, memory management errors, and security vulnerabilities more thoroughly, allowing for the effective enforcement of industry and company coding standards.

LDRArules enhances collaboration and communication across all members of the development team through an easy-to-use graphical user interface and sophisticated reporting mechanisms. Software teams can quickly view results in call graphs, flow graphs, and code-review reports in an easy-to-read, intuitive format, and users can easily see how source code performs in the areas of industry-specific and user-defined standards, security vulnerabilities, fault detection, and adherence to programming standards. Reports generated by LDRArules can also be submitted to auditors for standards compliance. Such information allows development teams to quickly identify and repair coding flaws, speed up the development cycle, and reduce overall development costs.

LDRArules for MPLAB X is subject to LDRA's Software License Agreement and customer is subject to approval by LDRA. The first year of annual support is included with the license fee, but after that, annual support can be purchased from LDRA direct.

The provided Plug-in provides static analysis directly within MPLAB X.

This license includes most MISRA rules. For full MISRA support, users can also license the TBmisra for LDRArules add-on from LDRA.

The MPLAB Code Coverage Tool is an easy way to measure code coverage. Simply enable the feature in MPLAB X Integrated Development Envinronment (IDE), build, program, test your application and read the Microcontroller (MCU). The MPLAB Code Coverage tool quickly displays which lines of code have executed and which ones have not. Unlike other solutions, it runs untethered and self-contained so no need to add clumsy cabling or fragile wires. With minimal impact to code size (<1%) and execution speed, testing can be completed in a single execution pass, avoiding expensive test hardware with a larger MCU. Powerful, intuitive tools permit quick navigation of coverage results within MPLAB X IDE for smooth transitions between test suite development and analysis. Summary views offer configurable dashboards of critical results. Custom reports can be generated in HTML and CSV formats with selectable content to meet your specific quality certification needs. MPLAB Code Coverage builds confidence in your application testing process without the hassle.

MPLAB Code Coverage requires MPLAB X IDE v5.25 or higher and one of the following MPLAB XC Compiler versions or higher:

This PRO Plugin for MPLAB® X IDE works with the MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator to display the percentage of time spent in each application function, enhancing the software debugging capabilities of MPLAB® X IDE. It is used to measure the percentage of time spent in each function in order to determine where your application may be spending the greatest portion of time over an average collected set of data. It adds pre- and post-amble code to all functions in debug sessions. It aids in debugging and code optimization by tracking the number of function calls, parent functions, child functions and execution time. Each license is intended for one user. Available for device families with data capture, namely: PIC18F, PIC24F, PIC24EP, dsPIC33FJ, dsPIC33E, and those PIC32MX that support data capture. To find out if your device has data capture, please see the Dev Tool Selector.

Installation instructions:
  1. Unzip the downloaded ZIP file to two .nbm files on your hard drive.
  2. Select Tools > Plugins from the IDE menu.
  3. Select the Downloaded tab in the Plugins window.
  4. Click the Add Plugins button to add the two .nbm files, one by one.
  5. Make sure the Install checkboxes for both Code Profiling and Plugin Update Services plugins are checked.
  6. Click the Install button and follow the instructions to finish installation.

This plugin operates with MPLAB X IDE v2.26 and MPLAB XC compiler v1.20 and later. To download a 30-day trial version go to Embedded Code Source.

Note: The use of this plugin requires an MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator. Standard (ICSP) or Performance Pak (High Speed LVDS) connection from emulator to target board is required. No other connections are needed.

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The MPLAB X IDE Plugin - Halt Notifier provides an alert when a target is halted. These notifications can be customized with actions—such as issuing an audio alert, sending an email, or running a script.
This plugin is useful for debugging code in an efficient manner. Set the plugin, tend to other tasks and the plugin will send an alert when the debugging has halted (for example, a breakpoint).

From a script you can establish a text message to your cell phone, Yowsup, WhatsApp, tweet or run anything that collects data and archives it. Scripting gives you infinite possibilities.

This plug-in requires MPLAB X IDE version 3.30 or later.
Ever wanted to debug a target from another room, or even another country? Now you can. The MPLAB® X IDE Remote USB Debugging plug-in enables all of Microchip’s debugging tools (MPLAB® REAL ICE, MPLAB® ICD 3 and PICkit™ 3) to be used from a remote, Ethernet-connected location. Set up is simple -- connect your debug tool to your remote system (which must have wired or wireless Ethernet), run the MPLAB remote server, enable a remote connection through the plugin menu on your host laptop or PC that is running MPLAB X IDE, and go.

The MPLAB® Communications Library must be installed on the remote machine with which the MPLAB® X IDE on the host machine will be communicating. Once the plug-in is installed, see the MPLAB X IDE Help menu, Help Contents, for additional documentation. A trial version of this plugin can be found at Embedded Code Source.

Note: This plug-in requires MPLAB X IDE version 3.40 and later.