ATmega328p u-kr and u-th

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I am making this post because I feel that this information is not easily available. The ATmega328p-au is one of the most popular microcontrollers out there, and with these recent supply chain shortages, purchasing them has become extremely difficult.

 

I have noticed many of these "ATMEGA328p U-KR" chips and were totally miffed by what they were. I would go to purchase atmega328p-au's and when I asked for a picture I received pictures of chips labeled as "U-KR" or "U-TH". Finally, after hours of digging, a man on Alibaba has saved me. Apparently, these chips are the EXACT SAME as the ATMEGA328p-au; 0 differences except that they have a "new silkscreen". The "U-KR" part is just the location it was made, ie Korea (KR) or Thailand (TH). So for anyone worrying about not being able to use these chips because they aren't "P-AU" chips, don't worry, they are!

 

This is dumb I know, but now I know and so does everyone who is reading this. Also sorry if this is redundant, but I literally can't find this information anywhere else.

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Welcome to the Forum.

 

Thank you for the info.

 

JC

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No problem, thanks for welcoming me in!

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Waiting on the home office to confirm/deny this information........

 

 

Jim

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

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Thank you for double checking it.

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The man from alibaba who gave you this information.... Is he an authorised Microchip representative? 

#1 Hardware Problem? https://www.avrfreaks.net/forum/...

#2 Hardware Problem? Read AVR042.

#3 All grounds are not created equal

#4 Have you proved your chip is running at xxMHz?

#5 "If you think you need floating point to solve the problem then you don't understand the problem. If you really do need floating point then you have a problem you do not understand."

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Have you looked at the PDFs where Microchip explain their chip markings/labelling scheme? I'm pretty sure I've read something about a two letter placeholder for manufacturing location. 

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clawson wrote:

Have you looked at the PDFs where Microchip explain their chip markings/labelling scheme? I'm pretty sure I've read something about a two letter placeholder for manufacturing location. 

 

I actually have been looking off and on, and I cannot find anything about C.O.P markings.....not saying you're wrong Cliff.

 

C.O.P. = Country Of Production

 

 

TheLocalRabbi wrote:
So for anyone worrying about not being able to use these chips because they aren't "P-AU" chips, don't worry, they are!

 

Tell that to the countless souls who have poured their woes out here regarding chips that they bought off Ebay and Alibaba/Aliexpress after being told that they were the real deal, only to find out tht the only thing real about them was that the parts were defects culled from production runs, or just totally defective.

 

Still waiting on the mother ship to reply.......

 

Jim

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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I totally understand the skepticism; I have pretty much gotten the same response from everyone I've talked to. If you find anything else out please let me know!

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Order what you need from both sources and keep the ones that work, sell the others on EBay for twice their cost!

devil

Jim

 

FF = PI > S.E.T

 

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jgmdesign wrote:

and I cannot find anything about C.O.P markings.....not saying you're wrong Cliff.

 

C.O.P. = Country Of Production

it's things like "COO" in this I was thinking of...

 

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Looks like Cliff has saved me from filling out a support ticket. 

 

Might just do it anyway though.....

 

TheLocalRabbi wrote:
I have noticed many of these "ATMEGA328p U-KR" chips and were totally miffed by what they were.

 

Where did you see all these chips?

 

TheLocalRabbi wrote:
hours of digging, a man on Alibaba has saved me.

 

Ahh!  So is Alibaba where you saw so many of these devices?  If so, I would seriously doubt that they are trustworthy, meaning, I would not be too confident in putting them in production designs.

 

TheLocalRabbi wrote:
I totally understand the skepticism;

 

About the Quality of the devices, yes.  I was not pooh-poohing your information on the markings, I myself wanted to confirm the authenticity as we have had posts in the past of some dubious device markings.

 

Any chance you could post a picture of some of these chips with those markings?  Be great to match them to Cliffs Notes and see how they compare.

 

Jim

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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I think it's better not to make a big order at the beginning. You can make a small order of both variants and see how everything goes.  

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The question is whether they're genuine.  I have a UNO clone purchased 6 months ago.

It came with a 'KR' labelled chip:

 

MEGA328P U-KR

354ABP

2108A3H

 

(as best as I can read it with a magnifier)

 

354ABP was suspicious as 328P chips usually quote 35473D (but notice the similarity).

D is the 328P's revision number and there have been none newer AFAIK.

 

What clinched it for me as being a fake was the signature row:

 

0000  1e d1 95 ff 0f ff ff 26  ff ff ff ff ff ff 58 ff  |.......&......X.|
0010  df ff df ff ff ff ff ff  ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff  |................|

 

https://youtu.be/eeDC1m7ANJI

 

Also read the comment at the bottom of this page re 328P 'KR' chips:

 

https://gist.github.com/krdarrah/6e6cb94c1df015e8e9f910ae5cf85299 

 

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I have a couple in DIP version. Business as usual.

 

atm328p-pu dev id 1e 95 0f fuses virgin ffd962
check ckdiv8 /to remove it/, program: goes ffd9e2
check dwen, goes ff99e2

 

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I remember that I have seen info like what in #11.

It was a change note from either atmel or microchip, but I cant find it now