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07 Experiment

LDR values on serial monitor

Source and description
#include <avr/io.h>
#include <stdlib.h> //for itoa
#define F_CPU 16000000UL
#include <util/delay.h>
#define BAUDRATE 9600
#define BAUD_PRESCALLER (((F_CPU / (BAUDRATE * 16UL))) - 1)

uint16_t adc_value; //Variable used to store the value read from the ADC
char buffer[5]; //Output of the itoa function
uint8_t i=0; //Variable for the for() loop

void adc_init(void); //Function to initialize/configure the ADC
uint16_t read_adc(uint8_t channel); //Function to read an arbitrary analogic channel/pin
void USART_init(void); //Function to initialize and configure the USART/serial
void USART_send( unsigned char data); //Function that sends a char over the serial port
void USART_putstring(char* StringPtr); //Function that sends a string over the serial port

int main(void){
adc_init(); //Setup the ADC
USART_init(); //Setup the USART

for(;;){ //Our infinite loop
USART_putstring("Reading channel A0");
USART_putstring(" : "); //Just to keep things pretty
adc_value = read_adc(0); //Read one ADC channel
itoa(adc_value, buffer, 10); //Convert the read value to an ascii string
/*char * itoa ( int value, char * str, int base );*/
USART_putstring(buffer); //Send the converted value to the terminal
USART_putstring(" "); //Some more formatting
_delay_ms(100); //You can tweak this value to have slower
//or faster readings or for max speed remove this line

USART_send('\n'); //This two lines are to tell to the terminal to change line

return 0;

void adc_init(void){
ADCSRA |= ((1<<ADPS2)|(1<<ADPS1)|(1<<ADPS0)); //16Mhz/128 = 125Khz the ADC reference clock
ADMUX |= (1<<REFS0); //Voltage reference from Avcc (5v)
ADCSRA |= (1<<ADEN); //Turn on ADC
ADCSRA |= (1<<ADSC); //Do an initial conversion because this one is the slowest
//and to ensure that everything is up and running

uint16_t read_adc(uint8_t channel){
ADMUX &= 0xF0; //Clear the older channel that was read
ADMUX |= channel; //Defines the new ADC channel to be read
ADCSRA |= (1<<ADSC); //Starts a new conversion
while(ADCSRA & (1<<ADSC)); //Wait until the conversion is done
return ADCW; //Returns the ADC value of the chosen channel

void USART_init(void){
UBRR0H = (uint8_t)(BAUD_PRESCALLER>>8);
UCSR0B = (1<<RXEN0)|(1<<TXEN0);
UCSR0C = (3<<UCSZ00);

void USART_send( unsigned char data){

while(!(UCSR0A & (1<<UDRE0)));
UDR0 = data;

void USART_putstring(char* StringPtr){

while(*StringPtr != 0x00){