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olhexy

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

albertsm wrote:

A problem with Xmega is that there are no PDIP.


I think it is good PDIP alternative to go to EasyEda and JLCPCB. They provide and assemble the "basic components" parts at low price, for stocked "extended components" they charge $3 for putting the reel in the assembly line.
They have a few AVR Xmega.
There are more other AVR's, but not in large quantities, it's like surplus.
With some effort hobbyists can have there own board design with the all the tricky parts soldered, and at very affordable prices.

BTW:
I am happy to get the 2083 today. Only at start it missed the license, i had to put it manually.
After the UPDI-software-only 2082 we now have Xtiny.dat files.
That I need an add-on to compile them... was a new surprise.
But I fully understand the reason.
Although I may not yet really need it, I hate incomplete Bascom.
So I think I will buy the the add-on. It may cost slighty over 50 but less then 100.
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JC

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

July 28th, 2020

Just thought I'd mention that my Win10 upgrade to Version 2083, followed by my addition of the XTiny Add On, both worked perfectly.

Thank you!

JC
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That I need an add-on to compile them... was a new surprise.
But I fully understand the reason.


yes, it is either this or charge all users for updates. Since 25 years i put my private money in developing and free updates. There are not advertisements on this site except for a few banners on the main page. And because i do not believe in dongles there is a lot of piracy.
With an add on only the ones that require these processors pay. Seems more fair.
And it is a good way to measure if there is interest for new series.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....ADD ONS.... EXTRA.... Who could not get the fact that it cost extra?
Any extra cost something...get it through your thick skulls. This is not for free!
I will be glad to pay for something improved. Even for Updates.
May be you people how think life is for free... deaath will charge the funeral!!!
Best regards to the unaware users!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
not so frequent member, but the idea of "additional gifts for extra $$$" find me very positive
original license of BASCOM-AVR was "free updates for ever" so this is is difficult to change

"gifts" "add-ons" "extra services" for a fee is very welcome and as said paid by whom who need-understand that work must be paid


since the conversation of this goes so far, i would like to pop the idea (not need a reply but keep it in you mind Wink)
that the biggest audience out there there for ARM chips, there are too many and practically only 1 competitive BASIC compiler exist.
so, lot of work, but new stuff can have new licence and bigger audience ?! who knows Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A problem with Xmega is that there are no PDIP.


The DA series does come in a PDIP, so one gets the best of both worlds!

I agree that PDIP is certainly great when breadboarding / prototyping, but SMD chips are certainly doable these days, with a little bit of practice.
I am a very part-time hobbyist and manage the SMD reasonably well.

The photo is an AVR128DA48 for which I made a "DIP Module" for breadboarding and testing.

Getting PCBs made is inexpensive these days.
I put a little paste on the pads, place the components, and then heat it up on a frying pad in the kitchen!

(Not a very well controlled thermal profile, but it works fine for non-commercial production purposes!)

I think interest in the DA series will continue to grow as people learn more about its new capabilities!

JC


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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original license of BASCOM-AVR was "free updates for ever" so this is is difficult to change

That is not the case. You will not find any document that will say that we guarantee updates are free for ever.
It is however true that the updates were free since 1995 and that i always tried to keep them free. So the intention is there, but that is what it is : an intention.
There is only a 2 year guarantee that you get 2 years support and updates.

But besides that i found the add on the best way.


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The DA series does come in a PDIP, so one gets the best of both worlds!

I will check it later. Your PCB looks very nice.

The plan is this :
- at the moment more samples are added and some devices have multiple devices like 3xDA converter. Support for multiple devs is added now. An update will follow soon. The help is updated too since some info was missing.
- i checked the mega X series and there seem to be just a few of them. I think most is similar so i will add them to xtiny.
- the DA i did not checked yet but it seems a big mega with also the same core. either it will be added or a separate add on created. that all depends on the amount of work.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, a number of xttinys are ok, except for some slight differences that can be bypassed ASM. The advantage of complex Bascom functions and ease of programming was the reason why I once bought it.
Feel free to solve the AVR128 in the same way as xtinny, whoever wants to will buy it. It's the only IDE that is designed this way. Anyone who has ever programmed in a competitive environment knows what I'm writing about. Clarity and processing is simply somewhere else. Functions are written minimalistically and quickly (who does not believe and looks at the source). No unnecessary parts are attached during translation.
From my point of view, I will easily buy another part that will be released and I will need it. I don't need an AVR128 yet but one never knows. Bascom is simply worth speeding up the work. If someone doesn't want to buy one can use arduino but those libraries are often terrifying and the resulting translation is even worse. If something doesn't work, look for a mistake in those lots of linked libraries is an experience.
So thanks again, Mark for the xttiny. It's a pity that something similar is not for stm8 Smile
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