AVaRICE application is a program which interfaces the GNU Debugger GDB with the AVR JTAG ICE available from Atmel.
There are some third party clones of the Atmel jtagice available for purchase via the web for prices much less than the Atmel's offering.
In recent times, GCC added support for the AVR series of microcontrollers. This has been quite the boon for those of us who write embedded applications for processors with "leaner" architectures. Recently, Atmel announced the availability of a JTAG box for the AVR.
Until now, there was no way to interface to this device with GDB. AVaRICE runs on a POSIX machine and connects to gdb via a TCP socket and communicates via gdb's "serial debug protocol". This protocol allows gdb to send commands like "set/remove breakpoint" and "read/write memory".
AVaRICE translates these commands into the Atmel protocol used to control the AVR JTAG ICE. Connection to the AVR JTAG ICE is via a serial port on the POSIX machine.
Because the GDB AVaRICE connection is via a TCP socket, the two programs do not need to run on the same machine. In an office environment, this allows a developer to debug a target in the lab from the comfort of their cube (or even better, their home!)
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Fix build error with libbfd from GNU binutils 2.19.