Review of Atmel SAM-4S Xplained Evaluation Kit

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RoadTest: Atmel SAM-4S Xplained Evaluation Kit

Author: portmanengineering

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Evaluation Type: Independent Products

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: STDiscovery32, Arduino

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Limited supporting documentation available. Few examples and no online support or encouragement for community development.

Detailed Review:

The Atmel site gives just enough to get communicating with the board and one demo.

 

http://www.atmel.com/tools/SAM4S-XPLD.aspx?tab=documents

 

After that you’re on your own. 

 

I was surprised with the very sparse and limited information that was provided by a search of the web.  It would be nice to see Atmel champion their own board and put up some content up.  I mean you want to sell these boards to get your chips used by a wider audience why not put some good demos or code examples out there to really show what this board can do?

 

That being said the board is nicely self-contained.  No need for a separate programmer and is integrated nicely into the Studio 6 platform.  This board could be good for a beginner if some tutorials were available to get the poor chump a little direction.  I could see using this platform as a cheap way to develop a simple touch based controller with a limited amount of i/o.

 

Thank you

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