JumpStart C ("V8") is available for the Atmel AVR target. JumpStart C for Cortex-M is being supplanted by JumpStart C++ for Cortex, although you may still purchase V8 license if you wish. They both share the following features:

Major Features of JumpStart C Tools

  • Professional IDE with workspace/project management, syntax aware features, code browsing etc.
  • No need to write linker command files. Select target device by name and our tools do the rest.
  • Full set of compiler tools including C compiler, assembler, linker and library file manager.
  • Produce standard format output files, interspersed C and asm listing files, and symbolic debug files.
  • Target specific and machine independent optimizations.
  • Native debugger, integrated with the IDE.
  • Built-in flash downloader.

JumpStart Tools Come in Three Different Editions

  • STD (Standard) - for basic commercial development. Flash memory limited to 64K bytes (Atmel AVR) 
  • NC (Non-Commercial) - for students and hobbyists. With mostly same features as STD.

Owners of one edition type may upgrade to the higher editions for the difference in price.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR Additional Features

  • PRO (Professional) version - Add more optimizations (5%-20% better code) and with no limit on flash memory usage
  • Fast ANSI C conformant compilers written from the ground up, optimized for microcontroller targets.
  • Seamless integration with Atmel debug pods, including: AVR Dragon, JTAGICE MkII, JTAGICE3, and Atmel-ICE.
  • Supports all AVR, megaAVR, and XMEGA series.
  • Application Builder provides a point-and-click visual interface for peripheral initialization code generation (AVR and megaAVR only).
  • (PRO only) Industry first whole program compression optimizer. Reduce code by 5%-15%.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR STD/NC editions are limited to 128K bytes of code memory.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR PRO edition in addition supports MIO (Machine Independent Optimizer) and Code Compression optimizer to provide 10-20% better code.

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JumpStart C for Cortex-M ("V8") Additional Features

  • Fast ANSI C conformant compilers written from the ground up, optimized for microcontroller targets.
  • Seamless integration with Segger JLINK, SAM-ICE, and ST-LINK/V2 debug pods.
  • Support Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3, M4, and M7 series from all major vendors.
  • Easy to use JumpStart API (currently available for STM32F0xx, STM32F4xx, and STM32F7xx series). Get started in Cortex-M programming in minutes, not days or months.

CodeBlocks IDE

ImageCraft enhanced the Open Source CodeBlocks IDE to add user friendly features such as selecting target device via point-and-click, instead of writing complicated linker files. We integrated it with our own JumpStart Debugger including the ability to see the MCU's IO register content. More information and screenshots here.

JumpStart Debugger

The integrated debugger is described here. It requires a separate license purchase to enable all of its features.


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