ATMEL ICE

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Hello everybody, rencently i bought the ATMEL ICE programmer and debugger(i have not use it yet, because im in tesis), but when i was reading the instructions it says that you dont need any program it install itself when conected to computer, but reading down in the document you see thats say that need a installer program

 

so will it need a instaler program or not, and if it need it, where can i download?

 

this is the text: 

 

"The Atmel-ICE communicates primarily using a standard HID interface and does not require a special
driver on the host computer. To use the advanced Data Gateway functionality of the Atmel-ICE, be sure to
install the USB driver on the host computer. This is automatically done when installing the front-end
software, which is provided free by Microchip. See http://www.microchip.com/ for further information and
to download the latest front-end software.
The Atmel-ICE must be connected to an available USB port on the host computer by using the USB cable
provided, or a suitable and certified Micro-USB cable. The Atmel-ICE contains a USB 2.0 compliant
controller and can operate in both full-speed and high-speed modes. For best results, connect the Atmel-
ICE directly to a USB 2.0 compliant high-speed hub on the host computer using the cable provided.
The Atmel-ICE is powered by the USB bus voltage. It requires less than 100 mA to operate, and can,
therefore, be powered by a USB hub. The power LED will illuminate when the unit is plugged in. When
not connected in an active programming or debugging session, the unit will enter low-power consumption
mode to preserve your computer's battery. The Atmel-ICE cannot be powered down. It should be
unplugged when not in use."

 

my native idiom is not the english and this is the first time that i buy a programmer, before this i was using and arduino with avrdude

 

thanks

Last Edited: Tue. Jan 29, 2019 - 10:08 AM
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Without reading to much of the above smiley you need to install Atmel Studio and it will take care of everything for you, at least in theory. At times Microsoft gets in the way of life.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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The point they are making is that in the past the Atmel programmers and debuggers operated a proprietary protocol over USB and used a 3rd party driver called "Jungo/WinDriver" so you had to have this installed for debug/program software on the PC to "talk" to the hardware interface. But more recently they have switched the design of the programmers/debuggers to use generic HID so no "special" driver is required.

 

The fact is that to use it, as John says, you are going to want to install Atmel Studio 7 as that has the actual debugger and programmer software you need to use. But the implication of the design change and that text in the manual is that should you also want to use a 3rd party tool like avrdude/libusb then life will be a little easier than it used to be as there won't be conflicts between that and AS7.

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Thank you very much to both :) now is clear