TECH 7273
Adv Data Acquisition
Fall 2023

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Daniel Kohn
Office ET218
Phone: 678-4515
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Reference Text

The AVR Microcontroller and Embedded Systems Using Assembly and C: Using Arduino Uno and Atmel Studio by Sarmad Naimi and Muhammad Ali Mazidi 2nd Ed

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Required Software

MicroChip Studio (Formerly Atmel Studio 7) - note: "Download Microchip Stuido button does not seem to work, scroll down to "Downloads and Documents"
Arduino IDE (download Legacy IDE 1.8.x for avrdude utility)

Project Description:

This project will use the following equipment to create a demonstration mobile robot:

  • Robot Construction
  • Processing
  • Sensors
  • Power System

    This work is a continuation of work done in 2007 and in 2010.

    Things to Investigate

  • ROS
    Considering only using PI (removing Mega)

    Reference Links:

    New MicroChip Website
    ATmega328P Datasheet (new link)
    ATmega328P / Arduino pinout
    C Quick Reference

    Tutorialspoint C Programming
    What's all this _BV() stuff

    Various AVR Articles

    VT100 Escape Codes

    C Style Guides

    Rigol Digital Oscilloscope - 2000 Series
    • (note: to use USB Stick, it MUST be formatted as FAT32)

    Arduino Ethernet Shield 2
    WIZ5500 IC
    Real Time Clock (BOB 12708)
    16x2 SerLCD
    ADXL345 Tripple Axis Accelerometer
    Transceiver (nRF24L01+)
    Wifi Module (ESP8266)
    Bi-Directional Logic Level Converter

    Info needed for Labs

    Determine Com Port

    With Arduino plugged in to computer's USB port
    Win 10 - Search for "Powershell" and open
    Type - "Get-WMIObject Win32_SerialPort" (no quotes)
    check results for Arduino Uno (Com __ )

    Atmel Studio

    Setup Strings:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\bin\avrdude.exe

    -v -C "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\etc\avrdude.conf" -p atmega328p -c arduino -P COM7 -b 115200 -U flash:w:$(TargetDir)$(TargetName).hex:i

    Atmel Studio add ins:

    Microchip Gallery

    Go to above link then search for "Microchip Gallery". Click on "Download" on left side of screen and run the downloaded file (if Atmel Studio was opened when you did this, close and reopen Atmel Studio). This should now allow Atmel Studio access to plugins (TOOLS | Extensions and Updates). It is suggested in go ahead and install "Terminal for Atmel Studio"

    To get printf to work with floating point values:

    Project | nameofproject Properties | Toolchain : AVR/GNU Linker | General | Check "Use vprintf library(-Wl,-u,vfprintf)"
    Project | nameofproject Properties | Toolchain : AVR/GNU Linker | Miscellaneous | Other Linker Flags put into textbox | "-lprintf_flt" (leave off quotes).

    For ATmega 2560

    ATmega2560 Datasheet
    ATmega2560 / Mega Pinout

    2nd setup string:

    -v -C "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\etc\avrdude.conf" -p atmega2560 -c wiring -P COM3 -b 115200 -U flash:w:$(TargetDir)$(TargetName).hex:i

    if you get an error that says:

    avrdude.exe: Device signature = 0x1e9801 (probably m2560)
    avrdude.exe: NOTE: "flash" memory has been specified, an erase cycle will be performed
                 To disable this feature, specify the -D option.
    avrdude.exe: erasing chip
    avrdude.exe: stk500v2_command(): command failed

    you need to add a -D to the 2nd setup string like this:

    -v -C "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\etc\avrdude.conf" -p atmega2560 -c wiring -P COM9 -b 115200 -D -U flash:w:$(TargetDir)$(TargetName).hex:i

    Using Multiple Usarts:

    When you start the project, pick the number of USARTS you need. In Each USART, change the mode to Async IRQ Mode and make sure you enable Printf support. You can adjust the RX and TX Buffer size to meet your needs.

    at the start of you code (above atmel_start_init();) you will need to add the following line:


    where x is the USART number (you will need to add this line for EACH USART you wish to use 0-3).

    You will also need to do an:


    right after the atmel_start_init() line (to turn on the USART Interrupts).

    to get characters:


    to print stuff, put it in an array (buffer in the example below) with sprintf then send to usart with fprintf:

    sprintf(buffer,"Hello World\n\r");