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Joystick Interfacing with AVR Microcontroller




In this tutorial we are going to interface a joystick module with atmega8 microcontroller. A JOY STICK is an input module used for communication. It basically makes easy the user machine communication. A joystick is shown in below figure.

Joystick Interfacing with AVR Microcontroller

Joystick Interfacing with AVR Microcontroller

The joystick module has two axis – one is horizontal and other is vertical. Each axis of joystick is mounted to a potentiometer or pot or variable resistance.  The mid points are brought down as Rx and Ry. These pins carry as output signal pins for JOYSTICK.  When the stick is moved along horizontal axis , with the supply voltage present , the voltage at Rx pin changes.




The voltage at Rx increases when moved forward, the voltage at Rx pin decreases when moved backward. Similarly, the voltage at Ry increases when moved upward, the voltage at Ry pin decreases when moved downward.

So we have four directions of JOYSTICK on two ADC channels. At normal cases we have 1Volt on each pin under normal circumstances. When the stick is moved the voltage on each pin goes high or low depending on direction. So four directions as ( 0V,5V on channel 0) for x- axis; ( 0V,5V on channel 1) for y- axis.

We are going to use two ADC channels of ATMEGA8 to do the job. We are going to use channel 0 and channel 1.

Components Required

Hardware: ATMEGA8, power supply (5v), AVR-ISP PROGRAMMER, LED (4 pieces), 1000uF capacitor, 100nF capacitor (5 pieces), 1KΩ resistor (6 pieces).

Software: Atmel studio 6.1, progisp or flash magic.

Circuit Diagram and Working ExplanationSchematic Joystick Interfacing with AVR Microcontroller

The voltage across JOYSTICK is not completely linear; it will be a noisy one. To filter out the noise a capacitors are placed across each resistor in the circuit as shown in figure.

As shown in figure there are four LEDs in the circuit. Each LED represents each direction of JOYSTICK. When the stick is moved in a direction, then the corresponding LED glows.

Before going any further we need to talk about ADC of ATMEGA8,

In ATMEGA8, we can give Analog input to any of FOUR channels of PORTC, it doesn’t matter which channel we choose as all are same, we are going to choose channel 0 or PIN0 of PORTC.

In ATMEGA8, the ADC is of 10 bit resolution, so the controller can detect a sense a minimum change of Vref/2^10, so if the reference voltage is 5V we get a digital output increment for every 5/2^10 = 5mV. So for every 5mV increment in the input we will have a increment of one at digital output.

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