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AVR Development with JTAG and DebugWire

Kanda supply a range of AVR development kits, with different board options, ISP programmers and a different emulators, including JTAG ICE and AVRDragon. This guide is written to help you choose the best kit for your needs.


Why Choose a Kanda AVR Development Kit?


Whatever project you have in mind, the best way to start is to learn some of the basics. Kanda kits do just that so you can understand what AVR development means. You could just try painting by numbers or assembling a kit but once you have done this, you still don't understand the process.

Our approach takes a bit longer but gives you a firm foundation in how to program in assembler or C and create your circuit. Our AVR development kits cover everything you need to know to get your project off on the right footing.



AVR Development Boards


The first choice is to select your board. Both AVR boards have LEDS, switches, UART, LCD interface etc.

STK200 STK300
AVR STK200 Board Picture AVR STK300 Board Picture
Board for 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin devices Board for 64-pin mounted devices

Unless you have a specific project in mind that requires lots of pins and extra memory, the STK200 board is the best for most people to start with.

Once you have selected your board, then your next choice is programmer or emulator (ICE) or both.

AVRStudio (Studio) is Atmel's development environment and is supplied with all kits. It includes project management, a full featured editor, assembler, C compiler, simulator for testing code plus an interface for tools like programmers and emulators.

If you want to get to grips with microcontrollers and how to use them, you need to learn how to use a development environment or you will never be able to progress.

Which Programmer or Emulator Do You Need?

There are 3 hardware choices for programming and debugging with our AVR boards, depending on the target microcontroller and your budget:
  • ISP: USB In system programmer with its own software (but can be run from Studio when required) for programming all ATmega and ATtiny microcontrollers. Studio Simulator can be used for debugging.

  • JTAGICE: In Circuit Emulator using JTAG Port and runs from AVRStudio software. It has limited device support

  • DRAGON: ISP and Emulator in one package. It is a bare board, but Kanda supply all leads and adapters required. Runs from Studio software and has ISP, JTAG and DebugWire (for emulating smaller devices)

All are available separately if you already have a board, see links at bottom of page.

Which Starter kit should you choose?


All the kits include Studio, C compiler, sample code, schematics, instructions and books on CD to get you up and running with your project. So, whatever your choice of board and ISP or ICE, you have all the information you need to learn about microcontrollers.
  1. SK200 and STK300: Basic low cost kits with USB programmer. Debug via Studio Simulator

  2. STK200ICE and STK300ICE: Includes USB programmer and JTAGICE. Limited number of devices can be used with emulator but it also includes ISP, so you can program all devices without using Studio

  3. STK200-DRAGON and STK300-DRAGON : Includes DRAGON which is an ISP and Emulator for nearly all devices. It can only run from Studio


Details of all Kanda AVR Development Boards


  STK200 STK200ICE STK200 DRAGON STK300 STK300ICE STK300 DRAGON
Board STK200 STK200 STK200 STK300 STK300 STK300
Programmer USB ISP USB ISP DRAGON USB ISP USB ISP DRAGON
Emulator None JTAG ICE DRAGON None JTAG ICE DRAGON
MCU Included ATmega8515 ATmega16 ATmega16 ATmega128 ATmega128 ATmega128
ISP Support All except 90S All except 90S All except 90S All except 90S All except 90S All except 90S
ICE Support None (1)JTAG ICE support DebugWire or JTAG None (1)JTAG ICE support DebugWire or JTAG
Socket Support 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin 64-pin 64-pin 64-pin

We can supply other microcontrollers for AVR development if requested. Please contact sales




STK200 Development Kits:

for 8, 20, 28 and 40 PIN Microcontrollers

STK200 Kit STK200 Kit+ JTAGICE STK200 Board + Dragon
STK200 ATmega AVR board Picture
STK200
 
STK200 ICE AVR board Picture
STK200ICE
 
STK200 DRAGON AVR board Picture
STK200-DRAGON
 


STK300 Development Kits:

for 64 Pin Microcontrollers

STK300 Kit STK300 Board with JTAG ICE STK300 Board with DRAGON
STK300 ATmega AVR board Picture
STK300
 
STK300 ATmega128 board Picture
STK300ICE
 
STK300 AVRDRAGON board Picture
STK300-DRAGON
 


ISP and Emulators on their own


USB versions of the programming and debug tools are available separately.

USB Programmer USB JTAGICE USB DRAGON
AVR ISP USB AVR Programmer Picture
AVRISP-U
 
AVR JTAGICE Picture
JTAGAVRU
 
AVR DRAGON board Picture
AVR-DRAGON
 


Kanda AVR development kits are made in the UK and the Dragon we supply is a genuine Atmel tool.