Updated IDE from Atmel; including ‘intuitive web-based platform’

September 30, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Atmel Studio 7 is the latest release of the company’s free integrated development environment (IDE) for MCU design using Atmel | SMART ARM processor-based and AVR MCUs. Atmel is also launching Atmel START—a highly intuitive graphical platform for creating and configuring embedded applications that allows developers to build custom software platforms.

Based on the latest Microsoft Visual Studio Shell, Atmel Studio 7 IDE reduces overall design time by delivering performance enhancements for developing and debugging with an easy-to-use user interface, improved responsiveness for consumer, industrial and Maker markets. Atmel Studio 7 also provides real-time application data and power visualisation to better optimise application performance and power utilisation.

For the Maker community, Studio 7 allows Arduino developers to quickly port their sketches created in the Arduino environment as C++ projects, and seamlessly migrate their prototypes into the professional Studio 7 environment. Atmel aims to help Makers move their projects from ‘the MakerSpace to MarketPlace.’

With the rise of the Internet of Things Market (IoT), high quality, well integrated embedded software is key to enable designers to build robust, connected solutions based on today’s connectivity and security standards. Atmel Start is a web-based tool that helps developers easily integrate basic software building blocks and focus on their own applications rather than configuration and integration of the basic software building blocks.

Atmel START enables software developers to graphically select software components and configure them for Atmel’s large family of evaluation boards or for their own custom boards. Developers can build software platforms consisting of low-level drivers, advanced middleware, Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), high-level communication stacks and more, and download the configured software package into their own IDE and build their application.

Atmel START supports graphical configuring of pin-muxes, along with clock trees, and the configured software package can be downloaded for a variety of supported development environments, such as Atmel Studio 7, IAR Embedded Workbench and Keil µVision. Atmel START is entirely web-based so no installation is required to get started—and the downloaded code will always be up-to-date.

“Atmel Studio 7 IDE and Atmel START extend our commitment to bridge the gap between the Maker and professional environments, accelerating time-to-market for developers of all levels,” said Steve Pancoast, Vice President of Applications, Software