Make: AVR Programming, 1Ed (PDF)

Make: AVR Programming, 1Ed (PDF)

By the end of this book, the reader should be able to program a range of AVR chips and understand the basic functions of AVR's.


AVR microcontrollers are at the heart of the Arduino, making them ubiquitous in the hobbyist/hacker/Maker world. This book peels away the layers of abstraction in Arduino to show you how to program micro controllers directly in C. By the end of this book, you'll be able to program a range of AVR chips, know how to extend and re-use other people's code and circuits, and know how to begin interfacing with USB, I2C, and SPI peripheral devices.

Each chapter of this book is centered around avproject and includes schematics, (download sample code here) and illustrations of a live system.

  • Learn to access the full range of power and speed of the microcontroller
  • A major goal of this book is to help reduce development time
  • Achieve more flexibility, like the ability to design arbitrary USB interfaces or access the hardware facilities of the chips directly.
  • Build projects including Cylon Eyes, a Square-Wave Organ, an AM Radio, a Passive Light-Sensor Alarm, Temperature Logger, UB scrollwheel and more
  • Understand what's really going on under the hood
  • About the Author:
    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 work for an embedded hardware development firm which has to date exactly one employee (and CEO). This book came out of his experiences teaching AVR programming workshops at HacDC.