Q: What sort of features are typically offered with not-free packages (like IAR) that are not typically available from chip mfr freebies, like what's offered by Atmel? Or is it a situation where they all pretty much do the same thing, but more or less user-friendly?
A: The commercial (paid for) software tools will include support, updates, optimization of code, compliance with MISRA C, advanced debug and profiling operations. They are a complete development, debugging, and testing package as opposed to a nice IDE and C compiler. You also get runtime libraries, source code of some libraries, debugging hardware, and support for a wide variety of target MCUs.
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