I have some general questions about people's experiences using the STK600. Most people here are familiar with STK500 and have possibly used STK500 daughterboards.
How does the STK600 compare? Is the routing board method a pain or does it work quite well when swapping between AVRs? Is it true that the STK600 only comes with a ATmega256 on a combined socket and routing card?
Are their any glitches between Studio and the STK600?
Any problems using the JTAGICE with the STK600 or it plug and play? It seems that you have choose the right programmer/debugger option in Studio to make it all work.
The STK600 looks like a very useful tool and pretty much the only game in town if you to work with any of the latest AVRs. I have a older "Rev A" JTAGICE which is incompatible. When I start to price out a suitable setup, it quickly adds up: $199 + $99 x 3 + $299 = $795. Obviously only I can answer the question about cost justification but it does seem a little high to me. Perhaps I should wait for another Atmel marketing tour in the US :)
I am most interested in the opinions and experiences of actual users. If I only get a few responses to this append then that also speaks volumes about the STK600.