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Development => Other Software Development => Topic started by: adilinden on Dec 27, 2011, 07:27 am

Title: Adding custom hardware to Arduino 1.0
Post by: adilinden on Dec 27, 2011, 07:27 am
How do I go about adding custom hardware support to the Arduino IDE?

I have created a ATmega32u4 based board that has a different pinout then Leonardo but should work with the Leonardo boot loader. How can I add it as a board to the IDE? I have a ATmega1284p based design on the drawing board. It will require a lot more customization within the IDE then the other board. How do I go about that?

I looked at the mighty-1284p files. It appears it is possible to build a self contained package to support new hardware. By all means that would be ideal an much preferred over hacking the original files in place. But I have yet to find any concrete information on it.

I know of boards.txt and the file defining io pins. I think I understand both to some degree. I also see how boards.txt refers to the boot loader. But I have no idea where to start with core files.

Any suggestions where to start looking?
Title: Re: Adding custom hardware to Arduino 1.0
Post by: maniacbug on Dec 28, 2011, 08:34 am

Also...  Your life will be way easier on 1284P when the Arduino team commits my patch on Issue 736 (  With that in place, all the support for 1284P will be in the Arduino core, and then you just need to worry about your pin mappings.  It will make mighty-1284p much smaller because it won't have to duplicate the Arduino core.