[Video] Ask Alf-Egil: The first AVR sample

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The latest from Alf-Egil Bogen, co-creator of the AVR and Atmel Chief Marketing Officer, and "Original AVR Freak" :D ...

http://youtu.be/Pn0uvCfu1h0

Last Edited: Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - 08:12 PM
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For the record, we use a replica of the board Alf shows off there in our department...as a coffee timer to signal us when our pot has finished brewing.

- Dean :twisted:

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EW wrote:
The latest from Alf-Egil Bogen, co-creator of the AVR and Atmel Chief Marketing Officer, and "Original AVR Freak" :D ...

http://youtu.be/Pn0uvCfu1h0


Eric,

It has just occurred to me to ask if you intend making each new video announcement/thread a separate sticky. If yes, I can foresee in the not too distant future having to go to page 2 for any other posts. Perhaps a single sticky thread would be more appropriate.

And while I am risking getting into trouble, does the recent makerfaire post deserve to live on as a sticky?

Enjoying the videos ... keep them coming.

Cheers,

Ross

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Hi Ross,

If you notice, that after some indeterminate time, I release these posts from being sticky, so the sticky section doesn't fill up too much.

The point of making them sticky is to keep them at the top of the page for a while.

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The point of making them sticky is to keep them at the top of the page for a while.

Absolutely. What other point with making something sticky is there? :wink:

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:lol:

Nice timing Eric :lol: Thanks. Wasn't meant to be a poke in the eye ... I would certainly support a sticky for Alf and Dean's, et al's, videos; a good place to collect them all for easier access.

Cheers,

Ross

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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as a coffee timer to signal us when our pot has finished brewing.
hmm no real coffee used, no wonder things take so long to happen. :?

Double shot espressos every hour should be mandatory for all staff.

John Samperi

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We could use a few of those brewski-alarms at NTNU (the university in town). :-)

EDIT: Perhaps add it to this machine: http://omegav.no/files/coffee_big.ogg
That coffee tastes horrible, by the way.
Here's another one of his projects: http://omegav.no/files/waffle_big.ogg

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Double shot espressos every hour should be mandatory for all staff.

I honestly don't think I can stress how much coffee the office drinks in a day; we have a Nescafe pod machine, a 2 liter brewer that's essentially always cycling on, and a caffe press we brew up the good stuff in two or three times a day.

- Dean :twisted:

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Double shot espressos every hour should be mandatory for all staff.

I honestly don't think I can stress how much coffee the office drinks in a day; we have a Nescafe pod machine, a 2 liter brewer that's essentially always cycling on, and a caffe press we brew up the good stuff in two or three times a day.

- Dean :twisted:

What?! No IVs yet? ;)

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What?! No IVs yet? Wink

Oh god, I actually suggested that the other day. Methinks I'm adapting a little too quickly/easily to corporate culture.

- Dean :twisted:

("Come to the dark side, we have cake every Friday and waffles every second week")

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and waffles every second week
Lemme me guess, the "waffles" are courtesy of the marketing department... :?

Anyway we should all be proud of ourselves, another thread suitably derailed. :lol:

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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so does this mean that there was never made a AVR1300!
as the 1996 data book showed

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abcminiuser wrote:

("Come to the dark side, we have cake every Friday and waffles every second week")

I've been there for the cake. ;)

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I'm not going to tell you what it's about, but Atmel's shooting for another video these days. Probably won't be long before they post another video to YouTube.
;)

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In the video clip above, Alf-Egil Bogen wrote:
The first production board [...] was made in 1997 [...] of Engineering Samples. The cool with this board is that it still works (with the original battery)!
In the video clip it can be seen that the AT90S1200 Engineering Sample is branded '9710,' which means that it was manufactured in the second week of March 1997.

Ah, 1997 was a good vintage! Here are a few commercial AVR samples of that era:


Vintage AVR chips

The top left AT90S1200 chip came with my 'MCU00100' Starter Kit; and it did not take long for these new little beasts to make a true believer out of me! This particular 90S1200 chip, with the week-date timestamp '3897' (September of 1997), has a top speed of 16 MHz, in contrast to its newer 12 MHz counterparts! Below this '97 90S1200 chip, a couple of 1998 AT90S family parts can be seen.

Now, the open keyfob that dominates the image above is an infrared remote control device that has been serving me well for over a decade, commanding the (redesigned from scratch) remote-entry/immobilizer/alarm controllers for my vehicles and my late workshop. The newer ('0007' marked: February 2000) 90S1200 is generating a four-channel PPM (pulse-position modulation) proprietary secure code, driving a high-power IR dual LED emitter with >1A peak pulses while it also reports the emitted channel number via the bicolour LED indicator at the center of the PCB. The AVR is always powered in order to be able to read the push-button ON and OFF times, to determine which channel code is requested to be sent. It was not even needed to replace the 'entry level' 90S1200 chip of the keyfob with a more powerful AVR member, when I upgraded the communications protocol a few months later. Surprisingly, the anemic 12V/60mAh alkaline '23A' battery lasts for over a year under normal, everyday use; not to mention that I cannot remember when I changed the battery of the spare remote control!

Finally, in the picture below it can be seen the MCU00100 Starter Kit development board mentioned before, with the week-date timestamp '0598' (January of 1998):


Vintage AVR MCU00100 Starter Kit

Quiz: Can anyone find the deliberate mistake (or, should I say, 'the sacrilege') in these images? :P
*ducking for cover*

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eeck ... the "P" word. :lol: I can just see the new ad from M'Chip saying something like ... "Even Atmel uses our products"

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Now I need to find my old MCU00100 board, I remember I put it back with my ES version of the 1200, I need to see which week it's from.
I remember that for the intro meeting of the AVR we got the boxes with the board without the AVR, and then we all got one from a "stick" of cpu's " fresh from the oven".

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Remeber datecode 9710 when we had engineering samples
Remeber datecode 9723 when the AT90S1200 could do 16MHz

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