AVR JTAG MKII 50% off - get them quick!

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http://www.arrownac.com/manufacturers/atmel/pico/

better order quick..even if it says good thru 12/2007 I got an email from them today that said the offer is only good thru Wednesday Oct 31,2007 !!!!

sounds like false advertising to me but that is another subject...that is why I am saving an image of the weblink to send to Atmel sales bots...

Call the 800 number and skip the rest of the bs as the marketing droids and the sales bots are not on the same page...be prepared to have to send the link to the sale droid to get the special price!

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50% Off a STK500 Starter Kit—Only $39
50% Off a JTAGICE2 —Only $149

Thanks for the heads up.

Peter

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Is ordering at Arrow always that painful ?

If you click on the 'special offer' link you are coerced into 'get a quote'. I'd expect the product to be added to a shopping cart at the advertised, discounted price...

Markus

Markus

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Wonder if we'll see the return of the Dragon+STK500 bundle again?

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Well,
Deal confirmed.
No JTAGICE2s (what I need)in stock, but on order.
Here is a better phone number then the one on the page. (800) 833-3557

-carl

PS And thanks for the head up. I was just about to order one from digikey for $320. (but also no stock)

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Just placed an order @ $149 via phone. Ordering WAS possible via the web, but some were taking advantage of the offer and buying quantities for resale at a profit at a later date, thus phone orders only. Cust. service said the offer is good thru the end of the year.

Rick

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Assuming the 32kb limit is not a problem (yet), and the hv parallel option on the dragon is not needed, is there any advantage to the JTAGICE2 over the Dragon? Is it more 'reliable'?

I have an stk500 + dragon, but seem to get 'stuck' in-between isp mode and dw mode (then setup stk500 to do parallel to get me going again). If I get the JTAGICE2, will switching between dw and isp work 'better', or is it just 'user error' and it won't make a difference. If its more reliable, I may have to get one, then wire up the Dragon's on-board socket to do my 'parallel electro therapy' on any avr that needs its 'mind' straightened out.

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called and ordered one. They said the jtagice2 would be shipped around 11/09/07. just keep my fingers cross and hope it will come.

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asked local arrow also. Had to use E-mail sadly as it's past worktime already :(
We'll see tomorrow (fingers crossed ;))

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I wanted it for if/when I move into 32bit devices, or if/when I blow up my Dragon.

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Curt,

I've got both. The JTAGICEmkII is clearly a more "industrial" item so if reliability is a factor for you then I'd say, yes, well worth considering one at $150. (unless the offer continues forever there's got to be a strong chance that you could later ebay it for that amount or more and recover your costs if it turns out that you don't need it). It's also nice that it will do ALL the AVRs and it will also work with the AVR32 UC3s so if you later consider trading up to 32bit you will be ready for that too.

Cliff

EDIT T_V_I, I have a feeling I may have just answered your question too - yes it is AVR32 compatible as well. (of course if "32 bit" to you means ARM or something else then, no, it'd be no use for that)

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Thanks for the info Cliff, I may have to just get one (nothing beats first hand experience). If it turns out its just user error, I can always sell it as you suggest, and get a different user (haven't figured out how I'm going do that yet, though). If it does work better, I will keep it, be happy, and turn the Dragon into my 'you gonna get your mind right' parallel programmer.

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Well actually there's an argument that if you've got the ICE2 you could then ebay the Dragon. I saw one on there the other day that had already hit over $30 and looked destined to go for almost list price.

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My Dragon should be worth quite a bit more than the $50 since it has a hub, and the Nard designed protection installed, plus the custom case, but we'll see.

And I did know it works with the AVR32, I first found out about this deal down in the AVR32 hardware forum. There are some Linux applications that I want to work towards, but I feel starting with the 8 bit devices and learning C is probably a pretty big bite to take right now.

Hopefully mine will arrive before January, but I'm at a loss to explain why people keep getting different expected ship dates, as well as why people keep getting different quoted prices. If you read both this thread and the one in the AVR32 forum you'll see what I mean.

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I wouldn't hock your Dragon, especially with the extra work you have done with it. It makes for a great backup programmer, and gives you a second debugger for when you have applications involving multiple AVRs.

- Dean :twisted:

Make Atmel Studio better with my free extensions. Open source and feedback welcome!

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Actually I never hock anything. I'll have it until it stops working and I can't fix it anymore, or they become free and then I'll just replace it with new when it fries. It's a very nice small programmer to cary around, even with the power supply for the hub, way smaller than an STK500.

However if I had seen this deal last month, I would have never bought the Dragon.

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I just got an invoice emailed to me.
My JTAGICE2 just shipped yesterday and will take a week to get here to NYC from NV. I went for cheap shipping.

I placed the order on the morning of 10/31, so I guess they got stock in pretty quickly.

For those counting pennies, tax and shipping added another 27.50 to the tab.

Hopefully now I'll have reliable DW for the AVRS, and be able to play with the ngw100 I just picked up.

-carl

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Crap, didn't think there was going to be tax.

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The_village_idiot wrote:
didn't think there was going to be tax.

I thought that and death were the two things you could be sure of in this life ;)

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No, I was counting on them not having an office in New York State :(

I actually pay some of the tax on my tax returns... There is a little known section of the tax forms asking you to pay the tax on things you order from out of state. Most people ignore this, but I choose the flat rate based on my income, which is far less than what I would have paid for the real tax. Anything to help prevent an audit from the tax man.

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Just a warning: ArrowDevTools charges $14.99 for shipping and handling because it is not ordered online. However it is impossible to order this item online. Convoluted explanations aside, it's the usual nickel and diming. The lady on the phone was surprised that I wasn't happy about this!
Too good of a price to pass up though, and in stock!

-Jan-
dutchtronix.com/ScopeClock.htm

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I did ask for a quite by email and was told that there will be a handling charge of $10.22 and that shipping to Europe starts at $45 for a one pound package.

Markus

Markus

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Thn I don't feel so bad about the 4 emails and about 20 minutes on the phone to set up an account and get the thing ordered. Had I known about the surcharge I would have occupied much more time :mrgreen:

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How did you guys get this ordered? I called 800-833-3557 and talked to Paul. He knew nothing at all but he called me back later and said the person who knows how to get the promotion discount was out of the office and will return Tuesday.

Does anyone know the name of the sales associate who helped you?

Eric

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Does anyone know the name of the sales associate who helped you?

The name of the sales rep that took my order was Heidi. She was very helpful. She had seen a memo earlier in the week about the promotion.

-carl

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(1) CLICKED THE REQUEST A QUOTE (WOULD NOT LET ME ORDER ONLINE)
(2) QUOTE SENT TO ME INDICATED COST AT $440 EACH
(3) REPLIED TO EMAIL AND TOLD HIM WEBSITE SAID $149.
(4) HE SAID HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE WEBSITE PRICE
(5) I ASKED IF HE WAS NOT GOING TO HONOR THE WEBSITE ADVERTISED PRICE? :x
(6) HE REPLIED HE WOULD HAVE TO CHECK AND GET BACK LATER!
(7) ABOUT 8 HOURS LATER HE TOLD ME THE PRICE OF $149 WAS ONLY GOOD FOR ONE DAY! :?
(8.) I CALLED ANOTHER SALESMAN AT THE 800 NUMBER AND HE TOOK THE ORDER NO QUESTIONS ASKED! :D
(9) NEVER RECEIVED ORDER NUMBER OR EMAIL CONFIRMATION
(10) CALLED TODAY TO INQUIRE STATUS
(11) ITEM WAS SHIPPED NOV 1 (2 or 3 DAYS FROM ORDER)!! :shock:

with all the crap it took to get it ordered.... made me remember why I really like doing business with Mouser and Digikey...

OK... AT $149 PLUS $ FEES, I DID SAVE MONEY IN SPITE OF THE BS...another Jtag for the pile just in case sh*t happens!

oops the caps key was on a bit there......

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I talked to Natasha for the order. I'll have to look up the person in the emails when I get to work on Monday.

Maybe I'll call on Monday and ask if mine has shipped, just to get my surcharge worth.

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Total charge: $149.00 + $fees = $171.00

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Got mine this morning. No idea what my credit card was charged. Paperwork had nothing about it. Very odd. Not sure I would do business with them on a regular basis.

Rick

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Had to go pretty deep to find this thread again so just bumping to let everyone know it's still good.

Talked with Jessica for my JTAGICEMKII

I have too many hobbies.
s-conductor.com

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YES! merry Christmas to me! no more damned led blinks to debug needed!!!!

I was getting tired of using my stk 500's 8 leds to give me the binary value registers/varibles!!!!!

used a switch to get the high an low bits for 16 bit values:-P

hold on baby were moving into the debugger fast track!:-P

sorry...i really am exited...did alittle dance and all even:-P

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You won't be disappointed. MyUSB would still be in the planning stages were it not for my MKII. It's fantastic to be able to set breakpoints, watch variables, and read/twiddle registers. Makes seeing the one set bit in a mountain of error registers much easier.

- Dean :twisted:

Make Atmel Studio better with my free extensions. Open source and feedback welcome!

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abcminiuser wrote:
You won't be disappointed. MyUSB would still be in the planning stages were it not for my MKII.

I looked at the data sheet on the AT90USBKey you are using for your project and they said you have to solder in an HE10 connector to the board for the JTAG port.

1) Does this device work only with 10-pin JTAG, or can it also support 6-pin DebugWire?

2) Where can you buy an HE10 connector?

Since we're on the subject of connectors, does anyone know the technical name of the AVR 6-pin ISP/Debugwire connector, and where it could be ordered?

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abcminiuser wrote:
You won't be disappointed. MyUSB would still be in the planning stages were it not for my MKII.

I looked at the data sheet on the AT90USBKey you are using for your project and they said you have to solder in an HE10 connector to the board for the JTAG port.

1) Does this device work only with 10-pin JTAG, or can it also support 6-pin DebugWire?

2) Where can you buy an HE10 connector?

Since we're on the subject of connectors, does anyone know the technical name of the AVR 6-pin ISP/Debugwire connector, and where it could be ordered?

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I looked at the data sheet on the AT90USBKey you are using for your project and they said you have to solder in an HE10 connector to the board for the JTAG port.

My board came with the JTAG port (only) presoldered, but I've had reports of people having to solder them themselves. It's not hard to do as it's standard pitch - it's the micro port breakout headers that are the real bugger to do as they're non-standard half-pitch.

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1) Does this device work only with 10-pin JTAG, or can it also support 6-pin DebugWire?

Only JTAG - no debugwire.

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2) Where can you buy an HE10 connector?

Any electronics store worth its salt - and even Dick Smith in Australia - sells snap-off dual-row 1mm pitch headers. The non-standard pitch port headers however are a problem. A fellow member here (ZoomCityZoom) sells adaptor boards on his website to convert the USBKEY headers to standard 1mm pitch.

- Dean :twisted:

Make Atmel Studio better with my free extensions. Open source and feedback welcome!

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Hi All;

Just thought I'd thank you guys for turning me on to the AVR. I came across avrfreaks while looking for something a little more powerful than the PICs I've been using. I started looking at the dsPIC, but of course, I'd need a new compiler and programmer. Lots of $$$$

After seeing all the support available here and the variety of devices available from Atmel, I ordered the JTAGICE MKII and the STK500 from Arrow. I received it yesterday without a hitch :D At first I was a little dismayed, as the mega8515 doesn't support JTAG. I thought I was out of luck trying out MKII debugging. But, low and behold, in the bottom of the box was a mega16 :D.

I'm impressed!!! For less money than I payed for my PIC compiler, I have a debugger, programmer, development board, 2 development environments and the ability to work with low end and high end dsp processors.

I went through the "Introduction to the STK500" available on this site. It was definitely helpful in getting me up and running quickly. I already have the libc largedemo going on the mega16. I couldn't believe how easy it was.

Thanks again for a great site.

Brett

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
H. T. Leslie

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What you need to remember is that the JTAGICEmk2 will also program the AVR32 chips, just in case you need lots more power! I think it may also work with the Atmel ARM processors too, but I'm not certain.