Seeking Generic AVR Development Board

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Have put some research into development boards but am not satisfied with what I have found. Probably not looking in the right place.

I am looking for a generic development board which can handle a number of different AVRs.

If you know of a good development board resourse please let me know. Here are some the resources I have found.

Digilent
http://www.digilentinc.com/Produ...

MicroController Pros
http://microcontrollershop.com/d...

Futurlec
http://www.futurlec.com/AT8535De...

SparksFun Electronics
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce...

MicroControllerPros
http://microcontrollershop.com/d...

Olimex
http://www.olimex.com/index.html

Thanks.

sundownr


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Good resource. Hope you add to it and "publish" it again.

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Jim

Good idea but I would like to believe there are much better lists than mine.

I drag all worthwhile information I find on the Internet into OneNote which automatically indexes everything. Then I can recall whatever I like whenever I like.

Maybe this list can be tweaked into something really worth while. Let's see what happens.

sundownr


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The link for futurlec is for the At90

futurlec's best AVR dev board is
http://www.futurlec.com/ET-AVR_S...

You also need a stamp module for it
http://www.futurlec.com/ET-AVR_S...

Add in a JTAG clone
http://www.futurlec.com/ET-AVR_J...

For about $65 USD you get a kickass dev kit, complete with a hardware debugger.

The dev board has a breadboard area so you can put in pdip if the Atmega8128/64 Stamp module is not to you liking. Alternatvely you can just buy the stamp module and not get the devboard.

I cut my teeth with the exact same setup. After about 2 weeks I gained enough confidence to just use a breadboard and AVR PDIPs and ganed enough knowledge to make the choice of using the atmega48/88/168 series.

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So we need 2 lists.... devel boards that accept more than one type of AVR (like an STK500?), and devel boards that are nice and general in the io dept, but just use one type of avr?

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Last Edited: Tue. Jul 29, 2008 - 08:42 PM
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bobgardner

Good point... I am looking for a development board with USB capability. I have the AT90USBKEY but it is a demo product lacking functionality like A/D reading.

I also need to experiment with the ATtiny261 or similar AVR which can be used to read temperatures.

In short I need to find a diversity of development boards to experiment with a diversity of projects.

Hopefully this development board list will expand to accommodate all of us. The list has grown considerably in only an hour.

We AVR newbies' could also use some commentary on development board usage. Being a programmer I have few problems with code... it the hardware architecture and shear number of AVR options which tend to slow me down.

I should also note it is the shear number of AVR options which confound the choice of development boards. This is where I specifically need advice. Certainly 1 development board does not do it all... so where is the best place to start?

sundownr


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If you have a Dragon, these two add-on boards will let you work with several different AVR families:

http://www.ecrostech.com/AtmelAvr/DragonRider/index.htm
and
http://www.wizbangdesigns.com/10018_10019_PCB.html

And of course, there's always the STK-500 and STK-600

Randy

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jsundownr wrote:

I am looking for a development board with USB capability. I have the AT90USBKEY but it is a demo product lacking functionality like A/D reading.

As you've pointed out, one board might not be comprehensive enough to deal with all your wish lists. About an 18 months, I too had similar requirements, and finally settled for this board:
http://hubbard.engr.scu.edu/embedded/avr/boards/#avrminiv40

Cheers,
Vignesh

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so where is the best place to start?

I still believe it's the Atmel STK500. If you need to connect it to your PC then throw in an off the shelf USB-RS232 cable too.

If your budget allows then STK600 is nice but watch out for the additional cost up for all the different routing cards/sockets you may require. The STK500 will take all the DIP packaged AVR8s as delivered.

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vignesh wrote:
I too had similar requirements, and finally settled for this board:
http://hubbard.engr.scu.edu/embedded/avr/boards/#avrminiv40
Seems like a good board, too bad it doesn't appears to be manufactured any more.

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that vendor's assortment of I/O modules is unique and great
http://www.digilentinc.com/Produ...

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It seems to me the first requirement to find the right development board is that you have to understand what it is you want to accomplish in the first place.

This is probably why professional AVR developers insist on understanding the data sheets before anything else. Once you understand a few basic data sheets then finding the right development board should be a much easier task.

Anyway... we seem to have come up with a reasonably good list of AVR development board resources.

I forgot to mention the Butterfly development kit sold at http://www.smileymicros.com

Thanks for the help.

sundownr


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FWIW,

You really cannot get more generic than the STK500

Then, if you need a few 'extras' you pop on an STK501, 502, etc.

Jim

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jsundownr: see this thread https://www.avrfreaks.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=66986
My vote is for the STK500 as well.

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His commercial website was procyonengineering.com but seems that it is defunct now.

Cheers,
Vignesh

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Last Edited: Fri. Aug 1, 2008 - 08:23 PM
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kmr wrote:
vignesh wrote:
I too had similar requirements, and finally settled for this board:
http://hubbard.engr.scu.edu/embedded/avr/boards/#avrminiv40
Seems like a good board, too bad it doesn't appears to be manufactured any more.

Thats the problem. Mr. Pascal Stang (designer of this board) has written excellent AVRlib, but he is very hard to catch through e-mail. You could try calling him over phone though. But this board is worth its money.

Cheers,
Vignesh

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I'd really like to know what happened to Pacal Stang also. I'm speculating that he is in graduate school and hasn't the time to follow up on his earlier stuff, but I don't know for sure. He did leave behind a lot of good stuff though.

Smiley

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smileymicros wrote:
I'd really like to know what happened to Pacal Stang also. I'm speculating that he is in graduate school and hasn't the time to follow up on his earlier stuff, but I don't know for sure. He did leave behind a lot of good stuff though.

I believe he graduated in 2003 or 2004, because I can vaguely recollect his name in the final year list during that year, I am not sure.

AVRlib is a boon to starters. I was inspired by the leven of documentation he has brought in, and clever usage of doxygen.

Cheers,
Vignesh

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