Atmel has launched a mid range in circuit debugger and programmer to support all Atmel AVR 8 and 32bit microcontrollers.
According to Atmel, the Atmel JTAGICE3 debugger is smaller, faster, and more robust than the previous generation, and connects to the recently launched Atmel AVR Studio 5. The new device supports faster in system debug and programmer with full control of all mcu features and configurations. The new design allows the debugger to programme the on chip 256KB flash AVR microcontroller in less than 14s. It also offers full support for JTAG, aWire, SPI and PDI serial programme and debug interfaces used in AVR microcontrollers. JTAGICE3 can programme, mcus powered by 1.8 to 5.5V and supports three hardware programme breakpoints plus one maskable data breakpoint and up to 128 software breakpoints. The debugger measures 2.1 x 3.4in, is housed in a heavy duty plastic casing and powered by a USB port. Atmel says the JTAGICE3 is the 'perfect tool' for testing and programming AVR based designs in the field and connects to Atmel AVR Studio 5, a development environment used by more than 100,000 users of 8 and 32bit AVR embedded mcus. The debugger can also be embedded as a link controlled by the customer's application running under Windows or Linux. "The combination of AVR Studio 5 and the JTAGICE3 in circuit debugger and programmer provides embedded developers a complete solution to program and debug any Atmel AVR 8 and 32bit microcontroller," said Haakon Skar, director of AVR Marketing, Atmel. "The combined features offer a true seamless experience for AVR developers and will help bring their prototype designs faster to market."