ATtiny85 RDA5807 TinyFMradio: Your Portable FM Radio with RDS

TinyFMradio FM Radio with RDS

FM Radio with RDS, Audio Amplifier, Rotary Encoder and OLED Displa. TinyFMRadio is an ATtiny45/85 controlled FM radio with RDS (RDA5807) with an integrated audio amplifier (XPT8871 or TC8871), an OLED display (SSD1306) and a rotary encoder. You can directly connect a protected li-ion battery, a 3W / 4 Ω speaker and an FM antenna.

The low-cost RDA5807MP is a single-chip broadcast FM stereo radio tuner with fully integrated synthesizer, IF selectivity, RDS/RBDS and MPX decoder. The tuner uses the CMOS process, supports multi-interface and requires the least external component. All these make it very suitable for portable devices.

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Schematic ATtiny85 TinyFMradio FM Radio with RDS

Schematic Tinyfmradio Fm Radio With Rds 1
Schematic Tinyfmradio Fm Radio With Rds

The firmware is just a demo sketch that implements basic functionality. By pressing the rotary encoder button the RDA5807 seeks the next radio station. Turning the rotary encoder increases/decreases the volume. Selected frequency and volume are stored in the EEPROM. Station name, frequency, signal strength, volume, and battery state of charge are shown on an OLED display.

I²C Implementation
The I²C protocol implementation is based on a crude bitbanging method. It was specifically designed for the limited resources of ATtiny10 and ATtiny13, but should work with some other AVRs as well. Due to the low clock frequency of the CPU, it does not require any delays for correct timing. To save resources, only the basic functionalities which are needed for this application are implemented. For detailed information on the working principle of the I²C implementation, visit TinyOLEDdemo.

Controlling the RDA5807
The FM tuner IC RDA5807MP is controlled via I²C by the ATtiny. It has six writable 16-bit registers (addresses 0×02 – 0×07) and six readable 16-bit registers (addresses 0×0A – 0×0F). The RDA5807 has two methods of write access, a sequential one in which the registers are always written starting from address 0×02 and an indexed method in which the register address is transferred first and then the content. Both methods are determined by different I²C addresses. To transfer the 16-bit register content, the high byte is sent first. The RDA5807 is controlled by setting or clearing certain bits in the respective registers. The details of the meanings of the individual registers can be found in the data sheet. The current register contents are saved in the RDA_regs arrays. The RDA implementation is based on the work of Maarten Janssen.

Tinyfmradio Fm Radio With Rds Pcb
Tinyfmradio Fm Radio With Rds Pcb

Rotary Encoder Implementation
The implementation for the rotary encoder uses pin change interrupts on only one of the pins and is written in such a way that bouncing is automatically suppressed.

Compiling and Uploading the Software

If using the Arduino IDE

  • Make sure you have installed ATtinyCore.
  • Go to Tools ⇾ Board ⇾ ATtinyCore and select ATtiny25/45/85 (No bootloader).
  • Go to Tools and choose the following board options:
    • Chip: ATtiny45 or ATtiny85
    • Clock: 1 MHz (internal)
    • B.O.D.: disabled
    • Leave the rest at the default settings
  • Connect your programmer to your PC and to the ICSP header of the device.
  • Go to Tools ⇾ Programmer and select your ISP programmer (e.g. USBasp).
  • Go to Tools ⇾ Burn Bootloader to burn the fuses.
  • Open TinyFMRadio sketch and click Upload.

If using the precompiled hex-file

  • Make sure you have installed avrdude.
  • Connect your programmer to your PC and to the ICSP header of the device.
  • Open a terminal.
  • Navigate to the folder with the hex-file.
  • Execute the following command (if necessary, replace “t85” with your chip and “usbasp” with the programmer you use):
avrdude -c usbasp -p t85 -U lfuse:w:0x62:m -U hfuse:w:0xd7:m -U efuse:w:0xff:m -U flash:w:tinyfmradio.hex

If using the makefile (Linux/Mac)

  • Make sure you have installed avr-gcc toolchain and avrdude.
  • Connect your programmer to your PC and to the ICSP header of the device.
  • Open the makefile and change the chip if you are not using ATtiny85 and the programmer if you are not using usbasp.
  • Open a terminal.
  • Navigate to the folder with the makefile and the Arduino sketch.
  • Run “make install” to compile, burn the fuses and upload the firmware.
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Tinyfmradio Fm Radio With Rds

Bom ATtiny85 TinyFMradio FM Radio with RDS

Quantity Comment Designator Footprint
Resistors 1/4W
4 10k (103) R1,R7,R8,R9 0603
3 1k (102) R2,R5,R6 0603
2 4k7 (472) R3,R4 0603
7 100n C1,C5,C6,C8,C14,C15,C16 0603 – Ceramic capacitor
1 47u C2 1206 – Ceramic capacitor
1 470uF C3 CAP-SMD_D10.0-L10.3- Electrolytic capacitor
2 10u C4,C7 0603 – Ceramic capacitor
2 1u C9,C11 0603 – Ceramic capacitor
1 1n C10 0603 – Ceramic capacitor
2 390n C12,C13 0603 – Ceramic capacitor
1 LED-Blue LED1 LED-0603 – Led Blue
1 RDA5807MP U2 SOP-8_150MIL – Fm receiver
1 XPT8871ES U3 HSOP-8 – Power amplifier
1 XC6206P332PR U4 SOT-89 – 3.3V voltage regulator
1 ATTINY85-20SU U1 SOIC-8_208MIL – Microcontroller
2 Header SPK,VIN HDR-1X2/2.54
1 Rotary Encoder SW1 BOURNS_PEC11R-4XXXF-SXXXX
1 Header ANT HDR-1X1/2.54
1 I2C I2C HDR-4X1/2.54
1 32.768 khz Y1 XTAL-32KHZ – Crystal
Download files, PCB in PDF, Gerber




References, Links and Notes
  1. ATtiny25/45/85 Datasheet
  2. RDA5807MP Datasheet
  3. SSD1306 Datasheet
  4. TC8871 Datasheet


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