XMega Breakout Board, Spark Fun

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Spark Fun Electronics has added an XMega128A1 breakout board to their lineup.

The board has the chip, and all the pins on 0.1" spacing, with the power supply by-pass caps on the board as well as a power LED.

Very cool for those that don't wish to solder this chip, but do wish to work with it.

JC

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Nice, but it looks like my STK500 can't program it correct?

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Thanks, Jay. I've got one on the way.

It looks to me like ISP is no problem.

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

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Redwire,

Correct, the STK500 can NOT program the XMega.

The XMega series requires PDI programming, or JTAG, neither of which the STK500 will do.

The STK600, JTAGICE mkII, Dragon, and AVR One will all do PDI programming.

I am sure there are other programmers out there as well.

Chuck,

With connections on all four sides it is really aimed at dropping onto a PCB, not a breadboard, but it still saves one having to solder the chip. :)

JC

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Agreed it saves you the messy soldering,but isn't $25 a stiff price for this board? Digikey tells me the Xmega is for $9.41. I wonder how much it would cost to build such a board through ExpressPCB. My first guess is < $25 (since it does look like a straight through connection with caps, one resistor and LED).

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I think $25 is not all that expensive. It's more then just the cost of the xMega and the PCB. It's needs to be soldered, tested, packaged, stored, handled, PROFIT needs to be made, taxes, support etc etc. And aren't made in the millions.

I'm sure you cannot beat them and make an HONEST profit.

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The price is about right. They aren't making a lot of money on them.

Leon

Leon Heller G1HSM

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DocJC wrote:
The STK600, JTAGICE mkII, Dragon, and AVR One will all do PDI programming.
Just to be clear, Atmel indicates that only the newer JTAGICE mkII models can do PDI (see the Atmel web page on the topic).

I will add, however, that my JTAGICE mkII works fine in PDI mode - both for programming and for debugging. The number on the bottom of mine begins with A09 which appears to be contrary to the information on the page referred to above.

Don Kinzer
ZBasic Microcontrollers
http://www.zbasic.net