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Atmel's AVR microcontrollers are the chips that power Arduino, and are the go-to chip for many hobbyist and hardware hacking projects. In this book you'll set aside the layers of abstraction provided by the Arduino environment and learn how to program AVR microcontrollers directly. In doing so, you'll get closer to the chip and you'll be able to squeeze more power and features out of it.Each chapter of this book is centered around projects that incorporate that particular microcontroller topic. Each project includes schematics, code, and illustrations of a working project. Program a range of AVR chipsExtend and re-use other people's code and circuitsInterface with USB, I2C, and SPI peripheral devicesLearn to access the full range of power and speed of the microcontrollerBuild projects including Cylon Eyes, a Square-Wave Organ, an AM Radio, a Passive Light-Sensor Alarm, Temperature Logger, and moreUnderstand what's happening behind the scenes even when using the Arduino IDE
Elliot is a Ph.D. in Economics, a former government statistician, and a lifelong electronics hacker. He was among the founding members of HacDC, Washington DC's hackerspace, and served as president and vice president for three years. He now lives in Munich, Germany, where he works for an embedded hardware development firm that has, to date, exactly one employee (and CEO). This book came out of his experiences teaching AVR programming workshops at HacDC.