There are some threads throughout the forum on this topic, but either old or incomplete. I would like to put together a tutorial on how to incorporate this device in the IDE, of course, if possible, so that it can be used as a reference.
What I know so far: - avrdude 6.1 and 6.2 support it (technically) - Windows drivers are not readily available (let me qualify that): - Atmel Studio presumably includes USB drivers, but that won't make the device visible to avrdude - in order for avrdude to "see" it, a libusb driver would be needed - my machine has libusb installed for my USBtinyISP, but ATMEL ICE was not detected
What I believe needs to be done next: - sort out the driver so that avrdude can use the device - sort out programmers.txt to include it (there is some info on that topic as well) - try it out...
One might ask: why? Well, this is the big kahuna programmer. Yes, expensive, more than a Mega, but it does quite a lot. Maybe not appealing to Arduino enthusiasts because of the price, but it's definitely out there. My reason - it does PDI programming as well, so I want to try it on my xmega.
What do you guys think? Is this worthwhile pursuing?