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Atmel Studio 7

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Atmel Studio 7 - Easier to Use and More Powerful Than Ever

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What’s New in Atmel Studio 7

Say hello to a cleaner, more modern user interface.

Atmel® Studio 7 has been updated to use the 2015 version of the Visual Studio Shell, enhancing not only the look and feel of the integrated development environment (IDE) but also the performance when working with large projects. An improved Help system enables better integration of Atmel documentation in the online as well as the offline help systems. The start page has been revamped to always contain relevant and up-to-date information on the devices you are using to create designs. An updated Visual Assist plug-in included free in Atmel Studio also brings several improvements and productivity enhancements to the editor.

Low-power Application Design Has Never Been Easier

The Atmel Data Visualizer plug-in now captures and displays run-time power data from your application when used with the Atmel Power debugger, or a supported Xplained-PRO board. You can now profile the power usage of your application as part of a standard debug session. Sampling the program counter during power measurements makes it possible to correlate power spikes with the code that caused them.

From Makerspace to Marketplace — Enabling a Seamless Transition to Production-ready Tools

Atmel Studio 7 features seamless one-click import of projects created in the Arduino development environment. Your sketch, including any libraries it references, will be imported into Studio 7 as a C++ project. Once imported, you can leverage the full capabilities of Studio 7 to fine-tune and debug your design. Atmel Studio 7 fully supports the powerful embedded debugger on the Arduino Zero board. For other Arduino boards, shield-adapters that expose debug connectors are available, or switch to one of the many available Xplained-Mini/PRO boards to fully leverage the Atmel HW eco-system. Regardless of what you choose, you will surely make something amazing.

Device-Specific Help at the Touch of a Button

The Help system in Atmel Studio 7 has been extended to support on-line as well as off-line access, meaning that you will always get the latest documentation when you are connected, and that it will stay with you when you are mobile. Device aware context sensitivity and an IO-view have been added to the editor, allowing you to look up register-specific information from the datasheet of the part you are using without leaving the editor. The AVR-Libc documentation further enhances the context sensitive Help system, allowing you to look up function definitions easier than ever before.

Studio 7 is the preferred IDP for developing and debugging all AVR and Atmel ǀ SMART applications. It gives you a seamless and easy-to-use environment to write, build and debug your applications written in C/C++ or assembly code.

More than 1600 ready-to-use project examples

Atmel Studio 7 is free of charge and is integrated with the Atmel Software Framework (ASF)—a large library of free source code with 1,600 project examples. ASF strengthens Atmel Studio by providing, in the same environment, access to ready-to-use code that minimizes much of the low-level design required for projects. Standard IDEs are suited for creating new software for an MCU project. In addition to this, the Atmel Studio 7 IDP also:

  • Facilitates reuse of existing software and, by doing so, enables design differentiation.
  • Supports the product development process with easy access to integrated tools and software extensions through Atmel Gallery.
  • Reduces time to market by providing advanced features, an extensible software eco-system, and powerful debug integration.
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Software Libraries and Device Support

The Atmel Software Framework is a collection of production-ready source code such as drivers, communication stacks, graphic services and touch functionality. Tap into 1,600 project examples with source code to accelerate development of new applications.


Atmel Gallery

Atmel Gallery

You can now download and securely purchase both Atmel and third-party compilers, advanced debugging tools, real-time operating systems, communication systems and other extensions and plug-ins straight from the Atmel Studio 7 development platform and via The Atmel Gallery app store provides development tools and embedded software for MCU-based application design.

When you encounter a need for a tool in the midst of your development process, or are seeking some basic source code, you won't have to leave your environment to search for your solution. From Atmel Gallery, you can also download a plug-in that will give you direct access to Atmel Spaces, our new collaborative workspace.


Atmel Spaces Collaborative Workspace

Atmel Spaces

With embedded applications easily topping tens of thousands of lines of code—often written by designers dispersed around the globe—efficient collaboration is critical for a project's success. Atmel Spaces provides a cloud-based workspace where you can securely share and track open-source, community-developed embedded design projects with your peers.

With access control, version control, bug and feature trackers, mailing lists and wikis, Atmel Spaces provides a secure and efficient place for sharing design tips, tricks and resources and for tracking progress of projects with your peers.

You can access Atmel Spaces at or directly from Atmel Studio with an extension available in Atmel Gallery.


Atmel Data Visualizer

Atmel Data Visualizer

Track your applications run-time and power behavior using the powerful Atmel Data Visualizer plug-in. It provides an oscilloscope view of signals such as GPIO, SPI, UART, etc.and also provides live power measurements when used together with a supported probe or board. Having full control of your codes run-time behavior has never been easier.


QTouch Composer - Fully Integrated

The Atmel QTouch® Composer, formerly called QTouch Studio, is coming to Atmel Studio 7 in early December, allowing you to seamlessly develop capacitive touch functionality for your application. This simplifies the design process by tying together the tools required to edit the code in Atmel Studio 7 and tune the touch design in QTouch Composer.

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Editor and C/C++ Compiler

Atmel Studio 7 includes a powerful editor with visual assist, a GNU C/C++ Compiler and a New Project Wizard to jump-start as well as ease your application code development.

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Debugging and Simulation

Atmel Studio 7 connects seamlessly to all Atmel debuggers, programmers and the simulators for both ARM-based and AVR devices. The IDE presents MCU status in nicely formatted views, giving you fast access to critical system parameters.

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