# Different JTAG debug options for ATmega1281

Background:

I've inherited my first ATMEL project. It's using an ATmega128A, coded in AVR Studio 4, with the Olimex AVR-JTAG-USB debugger. I've learned how to use these tools, although I'm still much more comfortable with PICs, MPLAB, and an ICD3.

I upgraded the design to an ATmega1281, which is a pin-compatible version with more horsepower. Now that the boards are assembled I realize that the new ATmega chip isn't supported by my debugger, and i need to get another debugger ASAP.

I'm looking at ATMEL's current selection of debuggers that are listed as compatible for this chip. There are five of them, although I've narrowed it down to these three: the ATMEL-ICE ($85), the JTAGICE3 ($99), and the JTAGICE-mkII (\$399).

My question:

These all seem very similar! Are there any red flags here? I need to stay with AVR Studio 4, I need to do JTAG debugging on the actual target board. The rest is icing. Is there a strong reason to choose one over the others?

Thanks.