I am learning Atmega328p USART peripheral. I wrote a simple code to send and receive data from a computer through a FTDI chip. In my code I actually use two led for indication of working. 1st LED which is connected PINB0 will toggle after a BYTE transmission . The 2nd LED will toggle if a successful reception of 1 BYTE from computer. Now I burned the code.And things were happening as they should happen. The 1st LED is toggling indicating data transmission . And the 2nd LED is not TOGGLING as I did not connect FTDI chip till now. Then I unplugged my usbasp and powered microcontroller with a cellphoine charger of constant 5v which i measured with my oscilloscope(with a 1uf capacitor in supply rail). Now interesting thing happen. The 2nd LED is blinking randomly indicating that microcontroller is receving BYTE through its RX pin. But I haven`t connected the FTDI driver till now and the RX pin is without any connection. What is happening here?

Here is my code:

#include <avr/io.h>
#include <util/delay.h>
#include <avr/interrupt.h>
#define F_CPU 1000000ul
volatile unsigned char ReceivedByte;

int main(void)
DDRB |=(1<<PINB0)|(1<<PINB1);
int reg_value=12;
UBRR0L= (unsigned char) reg_value;
UBRR0H= (unsigned char) (reg_value>>8);
UCSR0B |=(1<<RXEN0)|(1<<TXEN0)|(1<<RXCIE0);
UCSR0C |=(1<<USBS0)|(1<<UCSZ00)|(1<<UCSZ01); //2 stopbit,8data bit
    while (1) 
        while(!(UCSR0A &(1<<UDRE0)) ) //polling
         PORTB ^=(1<<PINB0);

    PORTB ^=(1<<PINB1);
  • \$\begingroup\$ idownvotedbecau.se/imageofcode \$\endgroup\$ – Marcus Müller Mar 16 '18 at 21:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can not add code as text.It looks horrible when I am trying to paste the code in the editor \$\endgroup\$ – Zarzisur Mar 16 '18 at 21:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ You then select it and press Ctrl-K \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Mar 16 '18 at 21:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Eugene Sh .That worked like a charm!!! \$\endgroup\$ – Zarzisur Mar 16 '18 at 21:38

the RX pin is without any connection.

A floating pin can easily pickup noise from all kind of sources. I would only be worried if you receive data whilst the pin is pulled high or low.

Just to add: that it seems idle in one condition and receiving on another may just be a matter of noise level or DC level at which the noise comes in.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Oldfart Thank you! I am wondering what is the noise source!! Btw when the pin is pulled high or low problem solves. \$\endgroup\$ – Zarzisur Mar 17 '18 at 0:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oldfart I am also having another problem. I have checked there is no pblm with FTDI cause I have chacked by connecting it`s TX and RX pin together and it can echo back sent data from my terminal software. Now I have connected the FTDI chip with PC and Microcontroller.When I send data from my computer to microcontroller it works fine. But I am also sending letter 'a' from my microcontroller.It should be showed in my terminal software.But it shows nothing. \$\endgroup\$ – Zarzisur Mar 17 '18 at 0:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ For a different problem it is best you start a new thread. (Also check you voltage and baudrate.) \$\endgroup\$ – Oldfart Mar 17 '18 at 7:27

I have found out the problem. It is silly I haven`t put a comma after polling.Now I am wondering why that happened.


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