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Evaluation kit for Atmel's AVR XMEGA

20 February 2013 Design Automation

Atmel announced the availability of the Xplain evaluation kit for its AVR XMEGA microcontroller family, allowing designers to evaluate features and system performance of Atmel’s XMEGA at a minimum hardware cost.

The onboard device in the kit – the ATxmega128A1 – is a 100-pin general-purpose microcontroller with 128 KB of in-system programmable Flash memory and an 8 KB boot section in Flash that can also be used as additional application memory.

The MCU contains all features available in the XMEGA family which include, but are not limited to, a DMA controller, event system, 12-bit high-speed analog peripherals, AES and DES crypto module, external bus interface and all second-generation picoPower features.

For evaluation and development purposes, the Xplain kit is powered through a mini USB connector and contains a speaker with an audio amplifier, a potentiometer and temperature sensor, which are all connected to the 12-bit DAC or ADC on the ATxmega128A1 device.

The external memories include an 8 MB SDRAM and an 8 MB serial DataFlash, and eight buttons and eight LEDs are provided for basic user interface and application interaction. Spare digital and analog pins on the ATxmega128A1 are available through pin-headers for external analog input and output, digital input and output, PWM, input capture, and USART, SPI and I²C-compatible TWI communication.

For more information contact Electrocomp Express, 0860 10 20 20, sales@eexpress.co.za, www.eexpress.co.za



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