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Blinky LED using an attiny13, a USBTiny programmer, and olimex board

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This is a quick guide to show how to use the Olimex AVR-P8 board with an ATTiny13 and a USBTiny programmer.

The parts:

  • Olimex AVR board ($12 from SparkFun)
  • attiny13 ($2 from SparkFun)
  • Wall adapter (optional) ($6 from SparkFun)
  • USBTiny AVR programmer ($22 from Adafruit)
  • LED and ~1k resistor

First, insert the attiny13 into the socket on the Olimex board. The dot on the attiny should be on the same side as the socket notch.

Next, hook up the USB Tiny ISP to the ICSP header on the Olimex board. I found the silk screening on the Olimex board to be a little confusing, when trying to orient the USB Tiny connector. Take a look the first photo. It is not necessary to power the Olimex board at this point. The USB Tiny ISP will supply the power for programming, but the power jumper must be in place.

At this point, the host computer should be able to communicate with the attiny using the following command:

avrdude -p attiny13 -P usb -c usbtiny -n

You should see the device signature:

avrdude: Device signature = 0x1e9007

And assorted status.

Next, compile and a simple blink program (I found this one on the net and modified the makefile for the attiny13). Run the make command and if everything looks successful, "make install". (Both the source and makefile are attached).

Finally, hookup an LED and power. The attiny can be driven from the USB Tiny ISP, but this used all of the pin in the ICSP header, and I haven't added any components to the prototyping area, yet. So, I used a nine-volt wall power supply. And to be really kludgy, I used alligator clips to connect ground and pin 0 to my bread board. Noticed the silk screening on the Olimex board labels the holes for pin 0 (PB0), but this pin is not the neighboring pin in the ICSP header.

 
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randofo4 years ago
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powerfool3 years ago
Please explain how do you compile the program and how do you transfer it to the microcontroller. Which commands do you type?
Thanks for your guide!

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dkhawk (author)  powerfool3 years ago
Assuming that you have the avr toolchain setup, the command to compile is simply "make" (which reads the makefile which is included with this instructable). To upload the resulting hex file to the avr, use "make install".

Note, it is not necessary to do this as two separate instructions. "make install" will first recompile the program if it is out-of-date (i.e., if the the one-led-blinker.c file is older than the hex file).

Also, setting up the tool chain is a bit beyond the scope of this instructable. It varies depending on your platform, etc. If you get really struck, just reply to this comment, and I'll try to lend a hand.
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