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RSTC interrupt

This example application shows how to use the RSTC peripheral to generate an interrupt instead of generating a reset, when the Reset switch is pressed on board.


The RSTC peripheral samples the Reset input (NRST pin) at slow clock speed. When the line is detected low, it resets the processor and the peripherals. However, the RSTC peripheral can be programmed to not trigger a reset when an assertion of NRST occurs. The Reset pin state can be read at any time in software or it can also be programmed to generate an interrupt instead of generating a reset.

Downloading and building the application

To clone or download this application from Github, go to the main page of this repository and then click Clone button to clone this repository or download as zip file. This content can also be downloaded using content manager by following these instructions.

Path of the application within the repository is apps/rstc/led_switcher/firmware .

To build the application, refer to the following table and open the project using its IDE.

Project Name Description
sam_9x60_curiosity.X MPLABX project for SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Setting up AT91Bootstrap loader

To load the application binary onto the target device, we need to use at91bootstrap loader. Refer to the at91bootstrap loader documentation for details on how to configure, build and run bootstrap loader project and use it to bootstrap the application binaries.

Setting up the hardware

The following table shows the target hardware for the application projects.

Project Name Board
sam_9x60_curiosity.X SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Setting up SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Addtional hardware required

  • SD Card with FAT32 file system

Setting up the SD Card

  • Download harmony MPU bootstrap loader from this location
  • Copy the downloaded boot loader binary( boot.bin) onto the SD card

Setting up the board

  • SDMMC slot used for bootloading the application is SDMMC0 (J3)
  • Connect a programming cable from JTAG connector J12 on board to programmer(J-32 Debugger).
  • Connect programmer(J-32 Debugger) to computer using a micro USB cable.
  • Connect the USB port J1 on board to the computer using a micro USB cable (to power the board).
  • Conect the UART Debug port J11 to computer using a FTDI Cable.

Running the Application

  1. Open the Terminal application (Ex.:Tera term) on the computer.

    Connect to the USB Virtual COM port and configure the serial settings as follows:

    Baud : 115200 Data : 8 Bits Parity : None Stop : 1 Bit Flow Control : None

  2. Build and program the application using its IDE

  3. Press the “RESET” switch and observe the LED toggling

    • NOTE: push and release RESET switch very quickly so as to not end up cutting power to the PMIC triggering a power on reset (instead of just toggling of the reset pin)

Refer to the following table for LED name:

Board LED Name
SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board RGB_LED toggles between green and blue color for every switch press

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