Problem using mosfet with Attiny45

Hello everyone,

I have a unexplained problem with my homemade timer.
I use an Attiny45 and a mosfet (FDS6930B) in order to activate a Linkit One (bad bad bad FAKE arduino for dumbies).

The schema :

The code on Attiny45 :

#include <avr/sleep.h>
#include <avr/wdt.h>

#ifndef cbi
#define cbi(sfr, bit) (_SFR_BYTE(sfr) &= ~_BV(bit))
#ifndef sbi
#define sbi(sfr, bit) (_SFR_BYTE(sfr) |= _BV(bit))

volatile int f_wdt = 0, flag = LOW;
int analogInPin = A1;

void setup() {
  pinMode(0, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(1, INPUT);

  setup_watchdog(8); // approximately 4 seconds sleep

void loop() {
  if (f_wdt >= 2) {  // wait for timed out watchdog / flag is set when a watchdog timeout occurs
    f_wdt = 0;     // reset flag

    digitalWrite(0, HIGH); // let led blink

    while (flag == HIGH) {
      flag = digitalRead(1);

    flag = LOW;
    digitalWrite(0, LOW);

  pinMode(0, INPUT); // set all used port to intput to save power
  pinMode(0, OUTPUT); // set all ports into state before sleep

// set system into the sleep state
// system wakes up when wtchdog is timed out
void system_sleep() {
  cbi(ADCSRA, ADEN);                   // switch Analog to Digitalconverter OFF

  set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN); // sleep mode is set here

  sleep_mode();                        // System sleeps here

  sleep_disable();                     // System continues execution here when watchdog timed out
  sbi(ADCSRA, ADEN);                   // switch Analog to Digitalconverter ON

// 0=16ms, 1=32ms,2=64ms,3=128ms,4=250ms,5=500ms
// 6=1 sec,7=2 sec, 8=4 sec, 9= 8sec
void setup_watchdog(int ii) {
  byte bb;
  int ww;
  if (ii > 9 ) ii = 9;
  bb = ii & 7;
  if (ii > 7) bb |= (1 << 5);
  bb |= (1 << WDCE);
  ww = bb;

  MCUSR &= ~(1 << WDRF);
  // start timed sequence
  WDTCR |= (1 << WDCE) | (1 << WDE);
  // set new watchdog timeout value
  WDTCR = bb;

// Watchdog Interrupt Service / is executed when watchdog timed out
ISR(WDT_vect) {
  f_wdt++;  // set global flag

Actualy the pin 0 of Attiny should activate the mosfet but it does'nt work like this.
The output voltage seems to be too low to activate my Linkit ONE, I don't understand why but if I replace my attiny by an Arduino UNO it works correctly.

If you have any genius ideas I take.
Thank You !

Are you sure the problem isn't just that you're doing something wrong with the sleep/wdt stuff? I'll bet the '45 is never even getting to the point where it tries to turn on the fet, due to some difference between '328p and '45.

If the Uno can drive the fet, there's no reason that the '45 can't too, running at the same voltage.

Also, you need a pulldown resistor on the gate of the mosfet, otherwise when you put it into input mode, the pin value will float, and that can turn the fet on (often only part-way on)

In fact, using the ATtiny , the MOSFET is active during a second, and replace in the off state .

I tested with LED instead of mosfet and LED shining before moving four seconds in standby and start over.
The tiny consumes so little in sleep that I have nothing to measure it. So I think it work fine.

For resistance, I must to put it betwen the pin 0 and the S1 pin of MOSFET ?

Is it possible that the tiny voltage is insufficient to close the mosfet ?

Did you forget the decoupling cap between Vcc and Gnd?

This is to remove the harmonics ? I will try to put the capa and the resistor tomorow.
Like this ? :

I read this page , this schema :

We can see a zener diode between + engine and - engine connected to the drain pin of a transistor.
You understand why ? It could maybe help me.

Edit : oh, I have read the doc of my mosfet and there is already a diode inside. I always love to know what it is for, because I have not found.

thank you for your help by the way!

When you're driving motors, you need a diode (not a zener!) between the two wires going to the motor, such that it won't conduct normally. This clamps the back EMF when you turn off a motor (or other inductive load) - otherwise you can get a positive voltage spike on the negative side of the motor that exceeds Vcc when you turn off the motor, and this pulse could damage things. So you use diode to clamp it.

Decoupling caps prevent the part from being reset by brief voltage drops from things turning on off (including the part itself - without decoupling caps, parts can easily reset themselves). 0.1uf, ceramic (or tant), not electrolytic. Always put a decoupling cap on all IC's, as close to the IC as you can get it.

I have put the resistor and the capa like as my schema, but nothing change.
I'm desperate.

Any idea ? This afternoon I will make a video of my circuit to show you the behavior of this holy shit.

Click here (Youtube)
Now you can see the problem.

Now you can see the problem.

Perhaps not. Moving too much.

A perfectly focused, vertical photograph in good (day)light of each module might be more useful.

A perfectly focused, vertical photograph in good (day)light of each module might be more useful.

Like this:

That's a grain of rice on the top, and a surface-mounted resistor underneath.

did you find any solutions for the ATTiny85 to turn on the MOSFET??

i am stuck in a similar solution....