Atmel ICE – Key features and system requirements

Programmers want to have the very best kit so they can complete projects quickly and seamlessly. The newest device they should add to their collection is the Atmel ICE. It is the latest product from the market leader. As a result it has a number of advantages over previous models like the Dragon.

Key features

A quick look at some of the key features shows just why this is a programmer that you should invest in.

Firstly, this one device supports debugging and programming a huge array of different devices. For starters, it works with all AVR UC3 32-bit microcontrollers from Atmel. In addition, it can do the same for 8-bit AVR XMEGA, megaAVR and tinyAVR. Finally, it also works with SAM ARM Cortex-M microcontollers.

To work effectively with so many different devices the Atmel ICE has an impressive operating voltage range. It is from 1.62V all the way to 5.5V.

On top of that, the programmer supports JTAG and PDI clock frequencies ranging from 32kHz to 7.5MHz. Then, it can also support PI from 8kHz to 5MHz and SWD from 32kHz to 2MHz.

The Ice also supports impressive baud rates. On one hand it handles DebugWIRE between 4kbit/s and 0.5Mbit/s. In addition, it supports aWire from 7.5kbit/s to an impressive 7Mbit/s.

If that wasn’t enough, the device has a lot of option in terms of cables and adaptors. As standard though, it can support 10-pin 50-mil JTAG connector. This works with both Cortex and AVR pinouts. Adaptors can suit 6, 10, and 20 pin headers.

System requirements

The most important requirement is that you attach the programmer to a computer with a suitable front end debugging environment. It should be Atmel Studio, at least version 6.2.

In order to connect the programmer to the computer, you must use a suitable USB cable. The kit comes with one but you could also use a certified micro cable if you preferred to.

There are no more requirements beyond this. As a result, the device is one that almost anyone can use. If you already program it is likely you will already have a computer with the Atmel Studio and cables ready to use.

Order Atmel ICE today

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If you want to purchase a product, you can do so via our website. Or, if you need help making a selection, you can contact us.

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