AVRStudio 5 is finally here, and it's out of beta! Grab it while it's hot:
You will have to uninstall any installed AS5 Beta releases before installing this release.
AVRStudio 5 is Atmel's newest upgrade to the aging AVRStudio 4 platform we've all grown to love and hate. It's a huge step forward from a custom IDE, and instead piggybacks off Microsoft's Visual Studio platform to give a large featureset out of the gate.
This thread is not about soapbox complaints about this move; put those in another thread. This thread is for discussion of the AS5 platform as it is actually used.
How big is it?
A little over 600MB, small enough to be burned onto a CD if that's your thing. The installer is completely self-contained, including all the .NET runtimes and Visual Studio Isolated shell needed to get up and running.
This includes the IDE, C compiler/assembler for AVR, XMEGA and AVR32 platforms, as well as tool upgrades and QTouch Studio.
What are the minimum requirements?
You'll need a reasonably powerful machine to run it. Yes, this is a big difference to AS4 that would run on just about anything, but Visual Studio is a heck of a lot bigger and more powerful. Expect to need a few GB of RAM and a decent processor to get running.
What plaforms does it support?
Most of the AVR8, XMEGA and AVR32 devices, in a unified manner - one IDE to easily program and debug any of Atmel's AVRs. That said, there are a few discontinued "legacy" AVR models which are no longer supported that will require AS4 if you want to use them.
The IDE itself only runs on Windows, but the underlying debugging technologies are cross-platform, possibly allowing for a Linux IDE to be used on alternative systems, for example. Speculation for now.
Anything with a USB connection, plus the venerable STK500. Older tools are not supported. AS5 also brings support for the newer, faster and cheaper JTAG-ICE3, which will not work with AS4.
- Dean :twisted: