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Step 12: Setting up the Analog Comparator

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In the sketch, I wrote another initialization function that sets-up all the parameters of the Analog Comparator functioning. The same issue about ADC digital buffers applies to the Analog Comparator, as we can see on the bottom of the routine.

void initAnalogComparator(void)
        // ACSR settings
        // When this bit is written logic one, the power to the Analog
        // Comparator is switched off. This bit can be set at any time to turn
        // off the Analog Comparator. This will reduce power consumption in
        // Active and Idle mode. When changing the ACD bit, the Analog
        // Comparator Interrupt must be disabled by clearing the ACIE bit in
        // ACSR. Otherwise an interrupt can occur when the bit is changed.
        // When this bit is set, a fixed bandgap reference voltage replaces the
        // positive input to the Analog Comparator. When this bit is cleared,
        // AIN0 is applied to the positive input of the Analog Comparator. When
        // the bandgap referance is used as input to the Analog Comparator, it
        // will take a certain time for the voltage to stabilize. If not
        // stabilized, the first conversion may give a wrong value.
        // When the ACIE bit is written logic one and the I-bit in the Status
        // Register is set, the Analog Comparator interrupt is activated.
        // When written logic zero, the interrupt is disabled.
        // When written logic one, this bit enables the input capture function
        // in Timer/Counter1 to be triggered by the Analog Comparator. The
        // comparator output is in this case directly connected to the input
        // capture front-end logic, making the comparator utilize the noise
        // canceler and edge select features of the Timer/Counter1 Input
        // Capture interrupt. When written logic zero, no connection between
        // the Analog Comparator and the input capture function exists. To
        // make the comparator trigger the Timer/Counter1 Input Capture
        // interrupt, the ICIE1 bit in the Timer Interrupt Mask Register
        // (TIMSK1) must be set.
        // These bits determine which comparator events that trigger the Analog
        // Comparator interrupt.
        // ACIS1 ACIS0 Mode
        // 0 0 Toggle
        // 0 1 Reserved
        // 1 0 Falling edge
        // 1 1 Rising edge
        // DIDR1 settings
        // When this bit is written logic one, the digital input buffer on the
        // AIN1/0 pin is disabled. The corresponding PIN Register bit will
        // always read as zero when this bit is set. When an analog signal is
        // applied to the AIN1/0 pin and the digital input from this pin is not
        // needed, this bit should be written logic one to reduce power
        // consumption in the digital input buffer.

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