Release of Microchip Studio 7.0.2542

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Discussion thread for the release: Microchip Studio 7.0.2542


Main points:

  • Renaming of Atmel Studio to Microchip Studio for AVR and SAM Devices
  • Microchip Studio installer bundles with the AVR GCC Toolchain, Arm GCC Toolchain, and the MPLAB XC8 Compiler with AVR devices support. To unlock all optimization options of MPLAB XC8 Compiler, try or get a PRO license.
  • Default optimization for debug configuration is -Og, previous it was -O1
  • Improved scrolling performance on large projects/files
  • AVR Macro assembler version 2.2.8
  • Advanced Software Framework 3.49.1, including previous version back to 3.42
  • Updated kit recognition


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Release blurb:

Atmel Studio 7 is being rebranded to Microchip Studio for AVR and SAM devices. The new Microchip Studio, complete with a ladybug revision, is now placed firmly within the Microchip Technology’s tool ecosystem. With the pace of designing and releasing new AVR devices at near all-time highs, developers may be comforted to know that the well-loved Studio development experience, will remain an IDE option for the foreseeable future.


One of the major new features associated with the Microchip Studio release, is that it is now bundled with the free version of Microchip’s XC8 compiler. This is installed and ready for use with the IDE.


This high-quality C/C++ compiler supports all of Microchips 8-bit PIC and AVR devices, with the Studio version supporting AVR architecture. In addition, there is an upgrade path to the XC8 PRO compiler for AVR.


The latest version of MPLAB XC8 PRO license includes optimizations to reduce code size and increase efficiency, that rival more expensive compilers in the market.


In addition, XC8 PRO provides a path for customers wanting to tackle Functional Safety, to ease the burden of your functional safety qualification. The MPLAB XC8 Functional Safety Compiler License - a TÜV SÜD certified compiler package that supports 8-bit PIC® and AVR® microcontrollers.


The MPLAB Data Visualizer, now offers some improvements over the original version. Kit detection is included, so you can even more quickly start visualizing your application. Here is a short video showing how this works with one of the newest AVR’s, the AVR128DA48.


Microchip Studio merges all of the great features and functionality of Atmel Studio into Microchip's well supported portfolio of development tools to give you a seamless and easy-to-use environment for writing, building, and debugging your applications written in C/C++ or assembly code.

:: Morten


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


The postings on this site are my own and do not represent Microchip’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Last Edited: Tue. Nov 10, 2020 - 08:28 PM