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Introduction to AVR Development

Kanda supply a range of AVR development and training kits, AVR programmers and emulators for learning about AVR programming and developing projects using the AVR microcontroller. There are various options depending on your budget and experience, and this guide helps you choose the right AVR development kit for you.



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STK200 Kit
STK200 AVR Training Kit picture

Low cost training kit for AVR microcontrollers with USB AVRISP, board and training material


STK300 Kit
STK300 AVR Training Kit picture

Low cost training kit for AVR microcontrollers with USB AVRISP, board and training material


Kanda AVR development kits are all based on AVRStudo development environment, which is the PC software for writing code in assembly language or C and compiling it. It also includes a simulator for basic testing of your code.

Once the code is written, it needs to be programmed into the target AVR, either to run it or debug it further using an emulator or ICE (to step through code on target). AVR development is much easier if you have known hardware, so our kits include an AVR board with sockets and peripherals such as LEDs, switches and serial port.

Choice of AVR Board
The two AVR boards are
  • STK200-X: AVR Board for 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin AVR microcontrollers
  • STK300: AVR Board for 64-pin mounted AVR microcontrollers
Unless you have a specific project in mind that requires lots of pins and extra memory, the STK200 AVR board is the best for most people to start with.

Once you have selected your basic AVR board, STK200-X or STK300, then your next choice is programmer or emulator or both.

Which AVR Programmer or Emulator Do You Need?

There are basically 3 hardware choices for AVR programming and debugging, depending on the target AVR microcontroller and your budget:
  • AVRISP: USB In system programmer (ISP) with its own software (but linked to AVRStudio when required) for programming all AVR microcontrollers. Debugging is on AVRStudio Simulator.

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

USB AVR ISP and AVR DRAGON are available separately if you already have a board, see links at bottom of page.

So which AVR Development kit should you choose?

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

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


Details of each AVR Development kit

  STK200-X STK200 DRAGON STK300 STK300 DRAGON
AVR Board STK200 STK200 STK300 STK300
Programmer AVRISP-U AVR DRAGON AVRISP-U AVR DRAGON
Emulator None AVR DRAGON None AVR DRAGON
AVR Included ATmega16 ATmega16 ATmega128 ATmega128
ISP Support All AVR except 90S All AVR except 90S All AVR except 90S All AVR except 90S
ICE Support None All AVR with DebugWire or JTAG None All AVR with DebugWire or JTAG
Socket Support 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin AVR 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin AVR 64-pin AVR 64-pin AVR

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



STK200 AVR Development Kits:


for 8, 20, 28 and 40 PIN AVR Microcontrollers

STK200-X AVR Kit
STK200-X ATmega AVR board Picture
STK200-X
STK200 AVR Board + AVR Dragon
STK200-X DRAGON AVR board Picture
STK200-X-DRAGON

STK300 AVR Development Kits:

for 64 Pin AVR Microcontrollers

STK300 AVR Kit

STK300 ATmega AVR board Picture
STK300
STK300 AVR Board
with AVR DRAGON

STK300 AVRDRAGON board Picture
STK300-DRAGON



ISP and Emulators on their own

USB versions of AVR ISP, AVR JTAG ICE and AVR DRAGON available separately

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






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