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Converter from I²C to USB with AVR microcontroler (known as i2c-tiny-usb)

The subject of this construction is solve frequent problem of connection of I2C or SMBus device on sensor to the computer system. Classical solution of this situation is connecting the I2C device to a microcontroler and then to higher computer system. The main drawback of such method is request of known sensor configuration of sensors connected to the microcontroller. The sensors reaeding is based directly on the version of firmware in the microcontroller. A better solution would be a firmware-less connection to computer system. This aproach allows easy changing of sensor configuration or readout drivers directly in running system.

Design of the intstrument


The principial connection of the instrument follows:

In real implementation is slightly different and consist several MLAB modules.


Firmware is acessible in MLAB documentation folder.

Instrument function

After connection to the computer we should see a new device on USB.

$ sudo lsusb -v  -d 0403:c631

Bus 003 Device 018: ID 0403:c631 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd i2c-tiny-usb interface
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               1.10
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceSubClass         0 
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  bMaxPacketSize0         8
  idVendor           0x0403 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd
  idProduct          0xc631 i2c-tiny-usb interface
  bcdDevice            1.05
  iManufacturer           1 Till Harbaum
  iProduct                2 i2c-tiny-usb
  iSerial                 0 
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength           18
    bNumInterfaces          1 
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0 
    bmAttributes         0x80
      (Bus Powered)
    MaxPower               10mA
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           0
      bInterfaceClass         0 (Defined at Interface level)
      bInterfaceSubClass      0 
      bInterfaceProtocol      0 
      iInterface              0 
Device Status:     0x0000
    (Bus Powered)

Toto zařízení je pak automaticity enumerováno a rozpoznáno jako I2C rozhraní.

Enumerace na USB

[38601.270471] usb 3-3.1: new low-speed USB device number 18 using xhci_hcd
[38601.292607] usb 3-3.1: New USB device found, idVendor=0403, idProduct=c631
[38601.292613] usb 3-3.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[38601.292616] usb 3-3.1: Product: i2c-tiny-usb
[38601.292618] usb 3-3.1: Manufacturer: Till Harbaum
[38601.312318] i2c-tiny-usb 3-3.1:1.0: version 1.05 found at bus 003 address 018
[38601.332450] i2c i2c-8: connected i2c-tiny-usb device
[38601.332473] usbcore: registered new interface driver i2c-tiny-usb

Then we usually need a load of the i2c-dev kernel module to see a new I2C interface.

$ sudo modprobe i2c-dev

Then we should see all I2C and SMBus interfaces in our computer.

$ sudo i2cdetect -l
i2c-0	i2c       	i915 gmbus ssc                  	I2C adapter
i2c-1	i2c       	i915 gmbus vga                  	I2C adapter
i2c-2	i2c       	i915 gmbus panel                	I2C adapter
i2c-3	i2c       	i915 gmbus dpc                  	I2C adapter
i2c-4	i2c       	i915 gmbus dpb                  	I2C adapter
i2c-5	i2c       	i915 gmbus dpd                  	I2C adapter
i2c-6	i2c       	DPDDC-C                         	I2C adapter
i2c-7	i2c       	DPDDC-D                         	I2C adapter
i2c-8	i2c       	i2c-tiny-usb at bus 003 device 018	I2C adapter

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en/i2c_avr_usb.txt · Last modified: 2014/12/12 23:44 (external edit)