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Re: [avrdude-dev] How to add I2C device disable preamble?

From: Joerg Wunsch
Subject: Re: [avrdude-dev] How to add I2C device disable preamble?
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 17:27:16 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.11

As Bob Paddock wrote:

> With that background, what I was thinking
> about was adding some type of 'preamble'
> to AVRDUDE, that would talk to the
> dual mode parts in I2C mode to disable
> I2C mode, which remains to be seen if that
> can even be done, as your turning of the
> interface your using.  ...

Cool idea.  In order to make it useful, I suggest you'd have
to invent some kind of "SPI language" though that just
generically describes the bit-bang transactions to perform
before trying to initiate the ISP sign-in sequence.  Then,
allow such a sequence to be specified for your particular
programmer in your ~/.avrduderc aka. avrdude.ini (or whatever
it is called on Win32).

Something like:

preinit = "reset low; mosi high; sck high; wait 200;\
           sck low; wait 100; mosi low; wait 10; mosi high; \

One issue with that is that it would only be applicable to bit-bang
programmers, where avrdude handles the entire communication by itself.

> Assuming I go down this road,
> what sections of code should I be looking
> at to add this feature?

Any changes to the config syntax go through the lex scanner and yacc
parser in config_gram.y and lexer.l.  Even if you don't know lex/yacc,
adding new stuff based on templates that can already be found there
should not be too hard.

The preinit bit-banging is probably best implemented as either a
separate file, or by adding it to bitbang.c, the generic (hardware
independent) bit-bang programmer implementation.

For a completely different route, couldn't you build one of those ISP
programmers that implement STK500 protocol but use their own micro to
run the bit-banging?  Something like Matthias Wei├čer's USBisp (on
http://www.matwei.de/ ) comes to mind.  That way, you could simply
modify the firmware to run your custom startup sequence, and
avrdude can be left completely untouched.  I think that's the smaller

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

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