Out of date STK500 manual. Need current compatibility list.

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I am an AVR fan from, I'm guessing, eight years ago.

For example, a new part when I last used AVR Studio 3.56 (I think it was) was the Atmega323.

Well, I've recently come upon the need to return to the use of the AVR. I still have my old STK500 development kit. In fact, I just pulled out my old project from back then (graphic (not text!) LCD display) and, believe it or not, even though it was buried in dust after all these years, the thing still works!

But now I have a problem that I'm hoping someone out there can help me with: I need to catch up my manual to determine what microcontrollers I can use (and also buy!) now.

I know my STK500 still works, now that I've tested it, but I'm finding lots of obsolescence. For example, as it stands right now, even though the Atmega323 was a fairly new part at the time and my old one still works, I can't even buy the thing any more. Hence, I can't use it for any new designs.

So what is new but that can still be used and programmed with my old STK500 development kit? Is there some list somewhere?

I know the STK500 development kit is still sold, so it should still program the much more up to date microcontrollers of today, but which ones? My STK500 manual is nearly a decade out of date!

...I was stunned when I saw my old graphic LCD display come to life again after all these years, from that dusty old Atmega323. And it was connected via an old set of ribbon cables to a dusty white breadboard too! Ya just had to be there. ;-)

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See pm. Just get the latest Studio and upgrade the STK500 and it will be as good as new.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Ed II wrote:

For example, as it stands right now, even though the Atmega323 was a fairly new part at the time and my old one still works, I can't even buy the thing any more.

Today the ATmega324p can be used to replace the ATmega323.
Look on the Atmel Migration Notes about the changes.

But you must update the AVRStudio, which then update the STK500.

Peter

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Thanks for your help.

I downloaded the latest Studio version the other day: 4.14 build 589. I just checked out the AVR Tools section of help and checked out the STK500 part. Sure enough it's saying I need to upgrade the firmware. I'm guessing that this firmware upgrade will pave the way for the more up to date device support I need.

Now I just need to go find these Atmel Migration Notes.

I've got so much reading to do. I haven't programmed AVR in so long. However, I still remember how easy it was to get up and running. I think the first step is to reunite myself with the memory map and instruction set. I just gotta go blink an LED again with an AVR after all these years! :-)

Thanks again!

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In case there are others who might stumble across this thread,

I just found what I need:

AVRStudio Help/Introduction/Tools and Device Support

There's an up to date list of what devices are supported by what tools, including the STK500.

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Now I just need to go find these Atmel Migration Notes.

http://www.atmel.com/dyn/product...

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