networking and communications (I2C Bus)

This weeks assignment is to build a network of devices with at least 2 nodes, Sound perfect for me since i have build my Out/Input Devices with I2C in mind i can use this weeks assignment to build and test the diffrent elements of the I2C bus network

Project: I2C Translator

Goal: Build an I2C Serial Bridge device for communicatoin protocol design and debugging

Files Used In this Project can be Downloaded here

Let the Dance Begin !!!

To be Honest this week did not have a lot of circuit design to it because the hello.I2C.45.bridge Board on the Assignment Page has exactly what i need but to me just making the board on the page seemed boring to me so i tride re designning thinking that i can improve upon it but as excpected nothing happedn and i ended up making the same board (It just has all i need no extras PERFECT)

Anyway Stuborn as i am i redesigned anyway


And after a bit of layout we get this a littil bit diffrent then the Original

Dose The job

And After a bit of gimp work we get a set of working Fabrication Files

And After a Milling and Cutting the board

And after Decking Out the board we get

Beuty (Dave Jones from the EEVBLOG)

Now Comes the test of truth: avrdude -c usbtiny -P usb -p t44

And after 2 Errors Not from the board not from wiring not from the software but from the test itself T45 not T44 (*insert FACE PALM SLAP Here*) we get another Sucsess

now for the Programming

Reading up on the attiny MCU they do support I2C but the arduino IDE is still not100% in support of these New Cores so the awsome guys at the HIGH Low Tech Websit Refranced the TinyWire Lib and after a bit of reading i downloaded the libraryis but they where not compiling in the code i wrote because of the following :

And After Addresing theses issues i was able to compile and upload the code to the mcu

the I2C Bridge Board "Master" code at this stage bascily takes data from the Serial port and forwards it to the I2C bus thus esablition un dirctional communication

While The Servo Driver Board "Slave" (From The Output Device Assignment) Runs Firmware that allowes it to recive data from the I2C Bus and when get in the byte 0x01 it goes through a basic servo sweep

And Here is Every thing wired and working EPIC SUCSESS

That all i could get done this week, Next Step to allow the servo driver to controll 6 Servo Motors using kinimatic data genrated by the CPU and sent via I2C

Awesome See you Next Week