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Re: [avr-chat] I2C controller: INT flag a bit leaves me confused !

From: Joerg Wunsch
Subject: Re: [avr-chat] I2C controller: INT flag a bit leaves me confused !
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:00:15 +0100 (MET)

Vincent Trouilliez <address@hidden> wrote:

> I would not mind someone confirming this scenario or telling me
> otherwise if need be, please ! ;-)

Just get rid of the idea that SFRs (aka. IO registers) behave the same
as a standard SRAM cell would.  Instead, they simply establish access
paths to certain hardware features, and often, the access path when
issuing a write operation is something completely different than the
path when issuing a read operation.  That way, you should simply never
assume in the first place (unless it's explicitly explained so in the
datasheet) that any data you wrote to a particular SFR could be read

The most obvious example for that is the UDR register of the USART:
writing it will load the transmit buffer (and trigger a transmission
if necessary), reading it will read the receive buffer.

The FAQ explains why interrupt flags are normally cleared by writing a
logical 1 into them:


The only difference for TWINT (compared to most AVR interrupts) is
that it doesn't auto-clear upon entering the ISR.  This is because
clearing it triggers the next START condition, so by requiring the
firmware to explicitly handle that, it's got full control about when
the next bus cycle is going to happen.

cheers, J"org               .-.-.   --... ...--   -.. .  DL8DTL

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