ATtiny1634 and STK600

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Hi,

I was trying to determine which routing and socket card combo I would need if I wanted to use ATtiny1634 on my STK600 development kit.

I spend quite a bit of time on the Atmel website but the information on this particular topic is ambiguous.

The recommended socket & adapter card for ATtiny1634 is the ATSTK600-DIP, however the ATtiny1634 comes in either QFN/MLF or SOIC packages not DIP. Yet, the ATtiny1634 device is not mentioned on any of the SOIC 20-pin router card lists. This is really confusing.

If there is anyone who is using Attiny1634 on STK600 can provide some feedback, that will be great.

Regards...
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I don't know, but a quick search gave me this page at Mouser which say it's SC11/RC54 for the tiny1634.

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Thank for your response snigelen.

I saw the SC11. The SC11 is referred to on the following link in Atmel but under the devices list ATtiny1634 is not listed. Maybe the web info is not up to date.

http://www.atmel.com/tools/STK60...

The routing card is trickier though as the atmel.com website cannot even find the product. DigiKey also has that RC54 in stock. However, they do not provide any MCU compatibility info for that card either.

Before spending money on the SC11 and the RC54 combo, it my be worth checking with someone from Atmel.

I wonder if ATtiny1634 will become obsolete soon and that is the reason why the information related to it is so poor. Maybe I should consider using ATtiny167 instead.

Regards...

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The regular webdocs are pretty helpful.
This http://www.atmel.no/webdoc/stk600/stk600.introduction_devicesupport.html shows the required routing board and device card.

The Tiny1634 is a nice chip.
I would avoid the Tiny167.

Neither are commonly used by hobbyists because they are SMD. OTOH, SOIC-20 are pretty easy to solder. I just put them on a DIP adapter for development.

YMMV.

David.

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Hi David,

Thank you for the FANTASTIC, life saver list. This clarifies it for me and also confirms snigelen's suggestion. I just sent an email to Atmel before I received your post. I guess I will not need their feedback after your clarifications :)

Thanks for the heads up on ATtiny167. I was actually considering that as the next candidate. However, my eye is on ATtiny1634 to be honest. It has got some nice future proof features for the projects I have in mind.

While we are at this, can I ask your thoughts on the following parts if you have worked with them before?
- AT90PWM216
- AT90PWM316
- AT90PWM1
- AT90PWM2B

Regards...

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I have never used any of the PWM chips.

I can only suggest that you determine your own requirements. Then compare the hardware facilities of each MCU family.

AVRs are certainly a lot easier to work with than most other chip families. However, if the hardware is lacking, overcoming by software would be a pain. The AVR will drive some externals directly. Hence a single chip solution. If you need higher currents, you will need driver chips. Hence the MCU drive currents do not matter.

David.

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Hi David,

I am not planning to drive any high currents nor am I interested in lighting applications those Atmel devices are intended for. I was looking at the PWM family as an alternative to ATtiny devices purely because they had UARTs with a reasonable Flash combined with low pin count.

I think ATtiny1634 will be sufficient and cheap for the simple applications I have in mind.

Thanks...

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Just to add one more useful info to this thread as a reference, the full device support information (including the socket / router card combos for each Atmel device) can also be accessed via the AVR Studio.

If you are using AS v4.19, follow Help > AVR Tools user Guide > STK600 > Device Support

For Atmel Studio 6, follow Help -> View Help -> STK600 User Guide -> Introduction -> Device Support

Regards...

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:: Morten

 

(yes, I work for Atmel, yes, I do this in my spare time, now stop sending PMs)

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Thanks for the links meolsen.

The debug information on the first link for each device is really useful.

The second link is the same as what David has kindly provided earlier, which is also useful.

Regards...

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Jepp, they are all from the same source (most/hopefully).

We are currently working hard on single sourcing the documentation that goes out of the Tools Department, as there always are some confusing with old vs new vs other docs :P

:: Morten

 

(yes, I work for Atmel, yes, I do this in my spare time, now stop sending PMs)