ATtiny Hacks: ATtiny45/85 servo library

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Servo8bit is a library for AVR microcontrollers that allows you to drive servo motors without the need for a 16-bit timer. Obviously, this is quite useful for smaller chips that only have 8-bit timers and it is specifically targeted at the ATtiny45 and ATtiny85 microcontrollers. The library offers 256 steps of resolution, and can drive up to five servos at one time. Servo control pulses can be generated between 512 and 2560 microseconds and if you don’t mind increasing the time between these pulses [Liya] says it would be possible to increase the 5-servo limit.

The library is quite easy to use, but in its current state it would take just a bit of work to port to another device. It’s been written for an 8 Mhz clock signal with PortB used to drive the motors. Using find-and-replace to change the PORTB keywords to use a DEFINE variable should be easy enough, but we don’t know how hard it would be to change the clock frequency.

We wonder if it’s possible to make this a slave device, perhaps implementing a 1-wire protocol?

5 thoughts on “ATtiny Hacks: ATtiny45/85 servo library

  1. I have always been looking for a good multi-servo driver chip. I have tried making my own (failed), getting a PICAXE 08M to do it (only support 2 servos) and even considered buing one of these “servo controller” chips that are just a 8 pin PIC programmed with some proprietary code on which I don’t want to depend.

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