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Atmel has launched a fully integrated platform of development tools for its community of more than 100,000 users of 8- and 32-bit AVR embedded microcontrollers (MCUs).

The new Atmel AVR Studio 5 is an enhanced version of the Atmel Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with support for all 8- and 32-bit AVR MCUs, making developers more effective and enabling seamless migration between Atmel’s 8- and 32-bit AVR MCUs.

AVR Studio 5 simplifies editing and debugging source code by bringing together an editor with assisted code writing, a wizard for quickly creating new projects, an AVR Software Framework source-code library, a GNU C/C++ compiler, a simulator and a front-end visualiser for all of Atmel’s AVR programmers and in-circuit debuggers.

AVR Studio 5 combines the best features of the current 8-bit AVR Studio 4 and 32-bit AVR32 Studio in one environment that covers all 8- and 32-bit AVR MCUs.

It also gives the user access to online documentation, including device datasheets, tool user guides, example project documentation and kit shopping directly from the Atmel Online Store.

Atmel’s AVR Studio 5 further provides an integrated offering of third-party plug-ins for embedded development tools.

Integrated in AVR Studio 5.0 is the AVR Software Framework, a source-code library for 8-bit AVR Xmega and 32-bit AVR UC3 MCUs with more than 400 complete application examples and a full set of drivers for on-chip peripherals and external components, wired and wireless communication stacks, audio decoding, graphics rendering and fixed and floating-point math libraries.

The code in this framework allows designers to accelerate the development of new applications by eliminating the need to write up to 50 per cent of the low-level source code in a project.

Dag Arne Braend, AVR development tools director at Atmel, said: ‘Software engineers need complete, intuitive tools to jumpstart a complex embedded microcontroller design.

‘Atmel AVR Studio 5 simplifies this process by enabling a software engineer to dive into a new project quickly with its fully sourced code examples,’ added Braend.

‘In addition, the new project wizards come complete with a software framework and debugger to make the tool complete, extremely intuitive and easy to use,’ said Ingar Fredriksen, senior product marketing director of AVR products at Atmel.

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