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AVR Studio Overview for Beginners

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For computers, program written in one programming language can support different hardware configurations. But things are different for microcontrollers.? Each family of micro controllers has its unique type of hardware architecture, so that its instruction sets, register configuration and memories.

??????????????? So for each architecture of Micro controller family, there at least one compiler is present, supporting at least that particular micro controller family or multiple. Most of them support programming in assembly language, some of them support C. JAVA is rare. Better don’t look for it, because most popular Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) doesn’t support it. AVR studio supports AVR series micro controllers. However, not all of them are supported, even if this IDE is designed by the manufacturer (Atmel) itself. See release note of each version for supported micro controllers or the excluded.

??????????????? So if you are a beginner, I’ll suggest you to begin with AVR studio 4. Later, when you gain experience, start using AVR studio5. They are much different from each other. We will provide a comparative table of their features. But before we start, I would like to thankMr. AJAIfrom circuitstoday.com, and? theCircuits Today Forumdiscussion has helped me a lot to make this post. Now let us see their review and features.

AVR Studio 4

AVR studio 4 provides a development environment, combined with two more supporting software, AVR Toolchain and WinAVR. AVR Toolchain installs the Library for AVR studio. This one is must to run AVR studio. If you install AVR Studio and AVR Toolchain, you’d be able to write program in assembly language. To write a program in C, you need to install WinAVR. If you are thinking to buy a development boards from Atmel, it is even better. Cause AVR Studio supports on board programming. You can write your program in the AVR studio, you can instantly download and verify it too. Supported programmers are listed below:

AVR Dragon?? AVR One??????? AVR Simulator??????????? AVR Simulator 2 ??????? ICE 200?????????? ICE 40

ICE 50???????????? JTAG ICE?????? JTAG ICE mkll

Programming Languages: ?????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Assembly Language, C

Software requirements:?????????????????????????????? AVR Toolchain 3.0.0, WinAVR 20100110

For supported devices, hardware and software requirement details See release notes @

AVR Toolchain 3.3.0 for 8 bit AVR

AVR Toolchain 3.3.0 for 32 bit AVR

Helpful Features:?? I/O view pane, multiple document editing in tabs, Good reference manual. Hex file generation.

Total Space Consumption:

?AVR Studio 4?????? 307 MBAVR Tool Chain ? 194 MBWin AVR???????????????? 138 MB?Total???????????? 639 MB (As calculated by Windows uninstaller)


AVR Studio 5

AVR Studio 5 is much better than that of AVR studio 4. The experience is pretty amazing with AVR Studio 5. It has auto suggestion, like, if you start to type a function name, it will look in the library and the C file it self for matches and will list them in a drop down list, from which you can select them. This reduces name conflict. Suppose you want to define a macro or variables or want to introduce a new function, this feature helps very much. Cause as a new programmer, the library is almost unknown. Plus using new functions and macro is made much easier. But to do this, it takes help of Visual studio shell. All the library, compiler and linker is provided with the AVR Studio 5 installer. For rest of the information have look at the release notes.

?Programming Languages:??????????? Assembly Language, C

?Software requirements:?Microsoft visual studio Isolated Shell 2010, AVR Jungo USB, Microsoft .NET framework 4 client profile.For supported programmers, supported devices, hardware and software requirement details See release notes @AVR Studio 5 release notes

Helpful Features:??? AVR studio 4 features single compiler for 8 & 32 bit AVR controllers, with AVR?Studio?v5 without the need of installing any additional tool chains. auto suggestion function, ready to use libraries, examples included, online help integrated, ?Integrated C Compiler, ?Atmel AVR Software Framework, Standard APIs, Application Builder, Solution Explorer, In-system programming, JTAGICE3, I/O view etc and much more

?Total Space Consumption:????

AVR Studio 5???????????????????????????????????????? 535 MBVisual Studio Isolated Shell??????????? 533 MB?.NET framework 4 client profile ? 182MBAVR Jungo USB???????????????????????????????? ????2 MBTotal????????????????????? ???????????????? ?1.22 GB (As calculated by windows uninstaller)

?For Programming Guide and programming help, see my upcoming posts. For Help about installation, post your comments here.For further help about installation and programming you may register atCircuits Today Forum.


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