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The simplest and easiest way to charge a battery with a solar panel is to connect the panel directly to the battery. Assuming the panel has a diode to prevent energy from flowing through it from the battery when there’s no sunlight. This is fairly common but not very efficient. [Debasish Dutta] has built a charge controller that addresses the inefficiencies of such a system though, and was able to implement maximum power point tracking using an Arduino.

Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is a method that uses PWM and a special DC-DC converter to match the impedance of the solar panel to the battery. This means that more energy can be harvested from the panel than would otherwise be available. The circuit is placed in between the panel and the battery and regulates the output voltage of the panel so it matches the voltage on the battery more closely. [Debasish] reports that an efficiency gain of 30-40% can be made with this particular design.

This device has a few bells and whistles as well, including the ability to log data over WiFi, an LCD display to report the status of the panel, battery, and controller, and can charge USB devices. This would be a great addition to any solar installation, especially if you’ve built one into your truck.

via Hackaday

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AVRWIZ is a code generator for the popular Atmel AVR microcontrollers, optimized for the AVR Studio IDE. Its a very nice automatic code generator for AVR microcontrollers developed by tcg in avrfreaks, which can generate code for most common tasks. It  support baud calculator, timer calculator, multitasking generator, interrupts, ports and more. But there are several thing to be done like TWI, USI. As Author states there is lots of testing to be done. Project is open for new ideas and suggestions.

Nice thing I like about it that program is capable to generate code instantly. It can be saved as single file or whole Avr Studio project with makefile which is ready to compile instantly.

I Like the older version although it has less features still its clean and fast, get it and give it a try. The latest online version has moved from http://greschenz.dyndns.org/indeh.php?title=AvrWiz and now can be found here.

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I was working on a code for a module on my GSM gateway today , for which I had given 1 pin of micro-controller to use as software Tx. Software UARTs usually uses timers to make them robust, but I had already used them all. So I decided to write a code using software delays.

The UART logic is inverted , so to send logic 1 you have to send low signal  and vice versa . Here is my code , hope it might help someone else.

* soft-uart Tx only without any timmer uses software delays
* the baud rate depends on the delay in us , here I am using
* 4800 with a 1 start bit, 8 databits and 1 stop bit
* if you wanna change the baud rate calculate it by 1/baud and
* modify the _delay_us();
* Created: 11/21/2012 1:52:37 PM
* Author: AbuUmar
#include <avr/io.h>
#include <util/delay.h>
#define portlow PORTC&=~0x01
#define porthigh PORTC|=0x01
void putchar_soft(char data_soft)
 char bit_count=10; // 1+8+1SB
 char secc=1;char0:
 if (secc=1)
 for ( char i = 0; i < 8; i++ ) {
 if(data_soft & 1)
int main(void)
char inte=0;
 // example use, initializing a var to 0 and sending the data
 // with 1 sec delays
 putchar_soft(inte) ;

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EEPROM can be used to store non volatile data of the program , sometimes you need to write arrays even multidimensional. The way I do it is by using EEMEM attribute. EMMEM is used to allocate space in EEPROM.

I use the Macros given below to write or read to EEPROM. you have to use #include I would be precise . below is the Code.


//        Macros and # Defines
//write block to EEPROM
#define eepw(message,EEADDR,BLKSIZE) eeprom_write_block((const void*)message,(void*)EEADDR,BLKSIZE);
//read block from EEPROM
#define eepr(readblck,EEADDR,BLKSIZE) eeprom_read_block((void*)readblck,(const void*)EEADDR,BLKSIZE);

uint8_t EEMEM eepstring[15];

Example use

eepw("sample test 1",eestring, 15);  // "writes sample test1" to eestring in EEprom ,
char d[15];   //array in ram
eeprom_read(d, eestring[0],15); // reads the data and puts it in d[]

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Its very handy to keep track of time in embedded programs. In this post I will implement a function called millis() which can be used to track time.  Arduino users will be familiar with this one. I would be doing it for AVR MCUs you can easily port it for others. this function returns the number of milliseconds since the MCU began running the current program. This number will overflow (go back to zero), after approximately 50 days.
It uses a hardware timer , in this post i will use timer0 . The first step is to initialize timer0 and interupts. lets start.

void timer0(){
  // To set clock:
  // 1MHZ is 1,000,000 ticks per second
  // 1000 milli in 1 second
  // xMHZ = 1000millis
  // so MHZ/millis gives # HZ per millis
  // (HZ/millis)/prescaler= Top counter number

  // EG:for 8MHZ clock
  // 8000000/1000
  // 8000.0000000000
  // 8000/256
  // 31.2500000000 TOP counter

  //set CTC (clear timer on compare match mode)
  TCCR0A = (1< <WGM01);
  //sets prescaler clkIO/256  ***THIS MIGHT CAUSE ISSUES SETS FOR ALL CLOCKS**!!!!
  TCCR0B = (1<<CS02);
  //sets interrupt enable for OCF0A (TIMER_COMPA_vect)
  TIMSK0 = (1<<OCIE0A);
  //sets TOP counter match A at 31
  OCR0A = 31;

volatile uint32_t millis()
 uint32_t mill;
 uint8_t oldSREG = SREG;
 // remember last value of interrupts
 // disable interrupts while we read timer0_millis or we might get an
 // inconsistent value (e.g. in the middle of a write to timer0_millis)
 mill = millis_count;
 SREG = oldSREG; // rewrite reg value to turn back on interrupts
 return mill;

In the code shown above we have initialized timer/counter 0 to make an interrupt after every millisecond. Next we have to update our millisecond count.

//interrupt declaration
  //OCR0A = 10; //sets upper breakpoint A

That’s it. Lets see how to use it! First we copy the current value in milis() to a variable.

uint32_t starttime=millis();

and later we compare the new values with the start value. Here’s an example of a 25 second.

if(millis()-starttime > 25000)
  // some code here

Note that the parameter for millis() is an unsigned long, errors may be generated if a programmer tries to do math with other datatypes such as ints.

There are a number of ways you can use this. Hope this post will help you

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Just wanted to share this small piece of information that can help many . If you want to Run your AVR at 8MHz from the internal oscillator you need to disable the CLK/8 Fuse. You can do this by burning new fuse values. This can also be done in you main function as well. Below is a piece of code that will change the pre-scaler to zero.

// set the clock speed to "no pre-scaler" (8MHz with internal osc or
// full external speed)
// set the clock prescaler. First write CLKPCE to enable setting of clock the
// next four instructions.

Hope this will help!

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Adding sound to your projects is great, there can be several methods to do it. In this post i will show how we can use wtv020-sd module to get this task done. I wont go in detailed description of the module and will keep the post short and to the point. The module can be operated in a number of modes including pushbutton modes but the one we are going for is the 3 wire serial mode. its actually SDA,SCL and reset wires that we use. The module would play back the ad4 files stored on uSD Card. and spk+ and spk- pins can be connected directly to a speaker. More details about the module can be found in the datasheet and the webpage link.

The interface is simple. you only need to connect Supply , DI ,CLK and reset Pins to get it working although you may also connect some other pins also but this is what is really needed to get the module working.

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