View Full Version : Any good new about AVR availability and pricing?

07-28-2010, 10:05 AM
Hi Geeks,
As we all know that there has been a shortage of AVR/Atmel chips. Any good new regarding the supply and the pricing. In recently I got the prices checked in Banglore , Atmega8 is around 170 Rs. No availability at Mehta Brothers in Lajpath Rai market...


07-28-2010, 10:52 AM
Maybe time to move to pic :) ... I have started to avoid Atmel for now ( working on pic since last 4 months ).

Spark fun also shows out of stock -
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?c=21 ... so serve shortage i believe .

Docel had advised me once , when starting out with a product buy in bulk in advance ( x1000 atleast ) . Dont know if thats ur case ....

07-28-2010, 06:31 PM
Remember who was the first one to inform all you guys about the crisis!

I have been lucky to buy huge numbers and now I am Happy!

He he he ... :)

Some times foresightedness helps

07-28-2010, 06:37 PM
I may sound hysterical but atmel finances are not in good shape, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmel. I will not be very amused if they jump into serious industrial product lines and slash its entire hobby MCUs line for survival. So is it time to assert the rudders ?

07-28-2010, 11:10 PM
I still have about a dozen left in my kitty, but was wondering wether to abandon AVR all altogether. Is this shortage for other Atmel chilps as well (say AT89S52)? I was hoping tat the supply will improve by Dec 2010 but now I am not very optimistic......Atmel is now left with only one foundry so their chips will always be in short supply.............it would be good if atnel sold its non core business to competetor( like microchip)......I am still not designing comercial products with AVR......I guess atmel has disappointed all its followers......may be that why I still love 8051....multiple supplier so less likely to cause any shortage..........


07-29-2010, 02:58 AM
its like PICs will rule for some time now in the 8 bit domain.. :)
I have been using PICs for about 6 years now, but its always better if they have competition... Monopoly will lead to bad technology - like microsoft..

hope atmel pic up soon.. eventhough I am with microchip :D

07-30-2010, 01:17 AM
The problem with migrating from AVR to PIC is that they are no direct chip replacement and also the learning has to take place followed by redesigning of the project and the code. I am still in hoby but atmega8 is my mainwork horse. Avnish in case you are planning to buy any more of atmega8 in bulk let me know I would be interested in buying 2-3 dozen of those , so in case its possible we can combine our orders and buy.


08-14-2010, 05:19 PM
The good new is finally here.

Two of my trusted dealers, told me today that the shortage was because Atmel has replaced most of the Atmega-X microcontrollers with the newer Atmega-XA microcontrollers. They told me that the new Atmega-XA chips will be available in another 15 days. We will have them listed on our site, as soon as we get our hands on them.

The new Atmega-XAs come with a whole lot of improvements - a wider range of operating voltage, lower power consumption, etc. Best part- they are drop in replacements for their older models. To know more about the differences between the older and newer versions, refer Atmel's website.

They were not sure how much the new Atmegas would cost, but assured me they will definitely be a lot lesser than the current market price of the Atmegas.

08-14-2010, 08:00 PM
That is good news !!!

08-14-2010, 08:15 PM
Digikey had replaced the Atmega8 by the Atmega8A months ago.
Now I know why.

08-16-2010, 12:07 AM
Its really good news if Atmega8A will be available soon. Most of us are aware that Atmel has replaced most AVRs with AVRxxA serries.


09-01-2010, 03:45 AM
Atmega8 is back in the market at Rs165 avilable in Hyderabad market

09-01-2010, 08:34 AM

If we consider Rs 165/- then ATmega8 was never out of stock. I have been buying these near Rs 150 all the time during the crisis. I bought more than 300 units at that price range.

12-01-2010, 06:38 PM
Finally the good news - Atmega8A is now available.

We are selling it for Rs. 140 on our store here - http://probots.co.in/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=12. The price may reduce in the coming days.

Other newer Atmega devices should be available in a few days.

12-03-2010, 11:30 AM
This unavailability made me realize how cool Microchip direct is , and 8051 variants that are way cheap and powerful :) ... But still too exp for 8k uC , maybe when its back to < Rs 50 ill go back to it.

12-03-2010, 09:08 PM
With so many clones of arduino coming in affordable prices i have started started giving them a try too........They are just fantastic for small bots :)

12-03-2010, 09:22 PM
The Atmega8L is also available in a few places for Rs. 120-130 now. Stock clearance I guess.

But prices of the Atmega8A will definitely come down in the coming days. I am not sure if it will come back to the usual Rs. 50 though.

12-03-2010, 09:43 PM
It'll be between 70 - 90........I am just assuming talked to one distributor during an expo in delhi.

05-22-2011, 12:43 AM
Hi frnds,
finally prices of atmega8(L) have cooled. today i bought a strip(14 pcs) of atmega8 @ 65 Rs each at lamington.


05-22-2011, 11:27 PM
Great News!! Is ATmega8A available in market?

Any idea about pricing of ATmega168 or ATmega328