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Tuesday, 25 March 2008


I've taken the software spi master code as published by Atmel and converted it into c++ to allow it to be modified. I spent a frustrating couple of days, a few moments at a time, trying to work out why MMC card access was broken when using the software master. It turned out to be that I was sampling the input on the falling edge of the clock. This was most likely due to some subtle detail lost when reading the original AVR ASM code, or dense stupidity :) I found it using, my now favourite tool in the box, the parallel port logic analyzer.

I've upgraded the software so that the grabber runs under 2K, XP and (probably) up. This is way more convenient than having to have a machine booted into DOS as I'm sure you can imagine. I've also worked on the viewer app so that you can zoom in to waveforms and see information like sample position and time - both absolute and relative to a marker.

Features, creepy in their nature, keep suggesting themselves and I'm having a hard time keeping off the code, which is presented in source and precompiled form, here.

Usual caveats apply, use at own risk, no responsibility taken for damage to potted plants ahem ahem.

Here's a couple of shots showing both the soft and hardware waveforms as snaffled up by the analyser. The ordering of channels is different as the pin assignments are different in the two modes. The cursor in both cases is poised at the moment that we expect our first byte of data back from the card. As you can see if sampling is done on the falling clock edge then a mis-read will occur. The incoming bits will be read as 0xfe,0x03 instead of 0xff,0x01. Bugger!



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