Atmel Studio IDE, Software Framework, Boards
‘Top to Bottom’ Integrated Workflow – with Built-in FreeRTOS Support
Atmel’s Integrated Development Platform
(IDP) allows you to quickly create a
microcontroller application by seamlessly and intelligently integrating
peripheral drivers, components (displays, flash chips, etc.) and services (file system, USB class drivers, etc.) with Atmel’s feature rich
IDE and online services.
is an evolution of their IDP that takes the concept to
the next level by adding the ability to configure pin functions and
clocks in an intuitive, graphical and web based tool. The use of a web based
interface offers many advantages: Source files generated
by the tool are tailored specifically to your configuration allowing
for cleaner source files and less use of the C preprocessor, you only need to download the files you are
actually going to use, and Atmel are able to provide software updates and
new device support as soon as they are available.
included in Atmel’s IDP, which is available at no charge.
FreeRTOS awareness is provided at every development level, and
Percepio’s trace and profiling functionality is built directly into
the Atmel tools.
The FreeRTOS download also includes several Atmel SAM demos, including
a SAMV7/SAME7 ARM Cortex-M7 demo,
a SAM4E demo, a
SAMD20 demo and an ultra low
power tickless demo
running on the SAM4L. Atmel SAM users also get favourable free
licensing terms on many FreeRTOS+ and
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Top to Bottom Integrated Workflow
This page briefly introduces the blocks that make up the integrated
environment. The relationship between the blocks is show by the
image on the right. Click the image to see a larger version.
Separate pages demonstrate step by step workflow walk-throughs as a more
practical example of how the blocks fit into a fully integrated
development process, and how the tight end to end integration
allows you to create a fully featured application so quickly.
See the Atmel Studio Walk-through,
and Atmel START Walk-through
At the center of the integration is Atmel Studio
– a comprehensive and fully featured project management, build management, editing,
flash programming and debugging IDE that is based on the Visual
Studio framework. Atmel Studio projects can be created directly within
Atmel Studio itself, or online using Atmel START.
Atmel Studio is FreeRTOS and FreeRTOS+Trace
aware, and even includes FreeRTOS tracing functionality directly
within the Atmel Studio IDE. Atmel Studio is a free download.
online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration
of embedded software projects. It enables you to select an appropriate
microcontroller, assign and configure pin functionality while intelligently
managing restraint conflicts, configure the microcontroller clocks, as
well as select and configure software components including drivers and
Atmel START generates pre-configured build-ready projects for Atmel Studio, IAR
and Keil tools as well as simple makefiles. Previously generated projects can be loaded back
into the Atmel START web based interface for adjustments or re-configuration.
Xplained Pro and Ultra
evaluation boards include an on board debugging
interface that also allows Atmel Studio to detect exactly which hardware
is connected, and from then on, provide target specific functionality.
Xplained boards can be purchased from Atmel’s
Atmel Software Framework (ASF)
is an intelligently packaged and
searchable database that contains a wealth of embedded components, including:
On-chip peripheral driver libraries
Drivers for off-chip components, such as different types of
memory, displays, wireless, etc.
Application orientated services, such as USB classes, FAT
file systems, etc.
Board support packages that provide peripheral to pin mappings
for all of Atmel’s development kits.
FreeRTOS and pre-configured FreeRTOS projects.
Atmel Studio provides a direct
link between the ASF and the application software, completely managing
source file dependencies and configuration options, and only offering
ASF software that is compatible with the connected hardware.
is an online repository from which further IDE extensions,
IDE plug-ins and embedded components can be downloaded. Atmel Studio
provides a direct interface to the Atmel Gallery
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