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April 19, 2010
about 4 years ago
I assume this thing can be reflashed? I’m interested in making this the brain of a project, not just the display…
about 5 years ago
I noticed something odd–no current-limiting resistors for the LEDs?
Checking the source, I see the LEDs are lit in 5 microsecond pulses in about a 1/30 duty cycle at max brightness. On time could be longer if servicing a comm interrupt. Seems a little dangerous.
I’d feel a little better if the display logic was pushed to an interrupt; in my projects, I’ve used Timer0 for this purpose, with two ISRs: overflow cycles digits and turns the display on; compare-match A turns the display off again; OCRA controls the effective brightness. Seems you’d be less likely to accidentally leave an LED on too long this way and melt your display or MCU. It also, of course, frees up your main loop to do other things.
about 5 years ago
are they regulated?
My first thought: an ATMega168 is serious overkill for this application. I made a camera control box (intervalometer) with an ATMega48 that drives a similar LED display. The display logic consumes something like 300 bytes of flash. The entire project consumes about 2500 bytes. 16KB for a display controller seems rather excessive.
My second thought: if that ATMega168 is programmable, I could have saved a fair bit of effort and made a more compact device too! Okay, this looks like a pretty neat device after all. Maybe if the xtal and a few other pins were brought out–and the LEDs were red–I’d build my next one on one of these instead.
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