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So I have a schematic generating a short LOW on INT0 pin of ATmega48PA. From the simulation I figured out that the LOW level will be there for about 800 ns. I plan to clock the AVR from internal RC with 1:8 divider which means 1 MHz Fosc.

How do I make sure that the interrupt will be triggered?

I make some reading of the datasheet but I was looking in a wrong chapters or there is no such information.

Could you please point me into the right direction to find needed info?

Thank you!


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From the datasheet, for the description of ISC11, ISC10:

If edge or toggle interrupt is selected, pulses that last longer than one clock period will generate an interrupt. Shorter pulses are not guaranteed to generate an interrupt. If low level interrupt is selected, the low level must be held until the completion of the currently executing instruction to generate an interrupt.

Since a 1MHz clock means that the 800ns interrupt pulse will last less than 1 cycle, the interrupt will not be generated reliably. The longest AVR instruction requires 4 cycles, so using a minimum clock of 6MHz will ensure that you catch all interrupts while the chip is active.

  • \$\begingroup\$ As I understand from the quotation edge triggering interrupt not requiring instruction to be executed. So I'd say that in my particular case I will need to increase the low level for 1000 ns to guarantee the interrupt. Right? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 18:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you switch to falling-edge triggering, yes. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 18:04

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