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Dragon Rider 500

The ECROS Technology Dragon Rider 500 turns the Atmel AVR Dragon into a Development and Prototyping System comparable to the STK500.  With the Dragon attached safely and snugly underneath, the Dragon Rider presents the familiar array of sockets for a variety of microcontrollers, 10-pin headers for the general-purpose I/O ports, a reset button and jumpers for various options.

More about the AVR Dragon

The AVR Dragon is a low-cost programming and debugging interface for a wide range of Atmel microcontrollers.  As well as the older ISP and High Voltage programming methods and the JTAG programming/debugging interface, it supports the new debugWIRE debugging interface.  All-in-all, it offers a sub-set of the features of the JTAG ICE MkII at one sixth of the price.  A small drawback is the open board format.  However, it is only a programming / debugging interface and falls far short of the flexibility of the older STK500.  The "prototyping area" mentioned by Atmel in the literature is only a place to put a socket to carry a device being programmed.  A separate target board is needed to get anything running.  The Dragon Rider 500 is intended to add to the AVR Dragon the features that Atmel users have been accustomed to on the STK500.

Dragon Rider 500 Features

NOTE FOR EXISTING OWNERS: The Parts Kits have been reorganized to better reflect what people are buying and in an attempt to avoid a price increase for the majority of new buyers (more information ...)

Basic Features (Included in the Basic Parts Kit)

Refer also to the Parts & Assembly page.

High-Voltage Programming (Requires High-Voltage Programming Parts Kit)

Add-On Features (Require Add-on Parts Kits)

Other Features (Require Individual Components)

User's Guide

For more information, please download the Dragon Rider 500 User's Guide (Current revision: Preliminary, D, March 2, 2008).

Compatible Microcontrollers

For detailed information on using these microcontrollers with the Dragon Rider, please click a link in the navigation bar at the top left of this page or refer to the appropriate section in the User's Guide.

No Longer Available For Purchase

ECROS Technology has closed down and the Dragon Rider 500 is no longer available for purchase.  These pages are maintained for the benefit of existing owners.