While looking up an app note for a response, I came across the press release at http://www.atmel.com/dyn/corpora...
A couple of excerpts:
"The AVR is well supported with evaluation and debug tools supplied by Atmel or third party tool partners. In 2003 Atmel became the industry's largest supplier of 8- bit development tools shipping 43,000 development systems to customers. "
See, Studio4 >>must<< be solid. :)
"Atmel plans to introduce two new parts per month in 2004 covering a range of application specific areas such as USB, Wireless remote control and security. "
"Introduce" (in my experience with Tiny2313, Mega48, Mega88, Mega168) may >>not<< include availability of parts to the teeming masses. :wink: