Category: ATtiny

Final layout?

12. December 2010 12:19 by Jens Willy Johannsen
Categories: ATtiny | PCB | Projects

Schematic and layout revised again. I added the 10 µF capacitor (that really ought to be there) and a LED with accompanying resistor for debugging purposes.

Here a print-it-out-and-see-if-it-fits test. And it does fit. Note that all the resistors are the same value (doesn't matter of course since all 1206 resistors are the same size) and that I've placed a 1206 resistor instead of a 1206 LED. Also, the B sized 10 µF capacitor isn't placed on the printout but it shouldn't pose any problems.

Layout, revision 3 printed 1-to-1 with components (click for larger version)

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8. December 2010 11:06 by Jens Willy Johannsen
Categories: ATtiny | Projects

I have the first prototype of the Airsoft Rounds Counter up and running on a breadboard.
Here is the schematic. A couple of notes:

  • A 10 µF capacitor or so near the power supply certainly wouldn't hurt. Neither would a diode on the input side of the 7805.
  • The "program and reset" switch doesn't do anything with the current code and can be omitted for this version.
  • On the breadboard I also have a tact switch from the ATTiny's RESET pin to ground so I can reset the counter.
  • I'm using a 9V battery for power.

Schematic – click to view large version

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6. December 2010 13:36 by Jens Willy Johannsen
Categories: ATtiny

The Max 7219 chip communicates using SPI. The last time I used it I had apparently written my own bit-banging SPI routine in the Arduino IDE. Which works just fine (the SPI protocol being so simple) but it seems clunky. And since the ATTiny2313 has a built-in USI (Universal Serial Interface) capable of doing SPI I thought I might as well use that.

After a bit of Googling and reading of the datasheet, this is what I came up with:

#define PIN_LOAD PB4

// Utitlity method to shift 8 bits out the USI pins in 3-wire (SPI) mode
static unsigned char spiByte(unsigned char val) 
    USIDR = val;            // Set data byte to send
    USISR = (1<<USIOIF);    // Clear Counter Overflow Interrupt Flag (by writing 1 to the USIOIF bit)
        USICR = (1<<USIWM0)|(1<<USICS1)|(1<<USICLK)|(1<<USITC);    // 3-wire mode; shift reg. clock source: external pos. edge; 4-bit counter source: USITC; Toggle USICK pin 0->1 or 1->0 (shift register will only clock on 0->1)
    } while ((USISR & (1<<USIOIF)) == 0);                        // Check for OIF set which will happen after 16 cycles. I.e. 8 bits since the clock toggles twice per bit.
    return USIDR;            // Return data value

void sendToMax7219( char reg, char value )
    PORTB &= ~(1 << PIN_LOAD);    // LOAD low
    spiByte( reg );
    spiByte( value );
    PORTB |= (1<<PIN_LOAD;    // LOAD high
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Airsoft Rounds Counter

6. December 2010 10:02 by Jens Willy Johannsen
Categories: ATtiny | Projects

Browsing around on AVRfreaks' forum I stumbled upon this thread about an Airsoft Round Counter to display the number of remaining rounds when playing airsoft. This is obviously a cool idea and the thread inspired me to want to make one myself.

In the thread people discussed using everything from a simple switch attached to the trigger over photo interrupters and photo reflectors to accelerometers for detecting when a shot is fired. There is also a link to this page on the Design Decisions Wiki where a group of people have designed an "Airsoft Electronic Ammunition Counter" with detailed design considerations and requirement analysis and timing calculations. Excellent work and a great source of inspiration for this project.

My initial considerations for this project:

  1. Enclosure. Everything should be mounted to an airsoft gun and it shouldn't be the size of a shoe box!
  2. Component count. This ties in with number 1 above: if this is to be small enough to be portable I have to keep the component count down so the final PCB is of a manageable size. (Yeah yeah, "use SMD". Right, I'll do that in phase 2.)
  3. Ease of use. This will be used in skirmishes so it should be real easy to use. No re-flashing of the processor to change settings, easy to attach to a weapon and so on.

So far I have settled on the following basic components:

  1. ATTiny 2313-20PU. I could probably get by with a smaller ATTiny but since I already had a couple of these lying around I went with those...
  2. Four-digit 7 segment display
  3. Maxim 7219 CNG display driver.
  4. Wide-gap photo interrupter

Off to EAGLE for some schematic drawing and thence to the breadboard for figuring out how photo interrupters actually work...

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