# <avr/sfr_defs.h>: Special function registers

When working with microcontrollers, many tasks usually consist of controlling internal peripherals, or external peripherals that are connected to the device. The entire IO address space is made available as memory-mapped IO, i.e. it can be accessed using all the MCU instructions that are applicable to normal data memory. For most AVR devices, the IO register space is mapped into the data memory address space with an offset of 0x20 since the bottom of this space is reserved for direct access to the MCU registers. (Actual SRAM is available only behind the IO register area, starting at some specific address depending on the device.)

For example the user can access memory-mapped IO registers as if they were globally defined variables like this:

        PORTA = 0x33;
unsigned char foo = PINA;


The compiler will choose the correct instruction sequence to generate based on the address of the register being accessed.

The advantage of using the memory-mapped registers in C programs is that it makes the programs more portable to other C compilers for the AVR platform.

Note that special care must be taken when accessing some of the 16-bit timer IO registers where access from both the main program and within an interrupt context can happen. See Why do some 16-bit timer registers sometimes get trashed?.

Porting programs that use the deprecated sbi/cbi macros
Access to the AVR single bit set and clear instructions are provided via the standard C bit manipulation commands. The sbi and cbi macros are no longer directly supported. sbi (sfr,bit) can be replaced by sfr |= _BV(bit) .

i.e.: sbi(PORTB, PB1); is now PORTB |= _BV(PB1);

This actually is more flexible than having sbi directly, as the optimizer will use a hardware sbi if appropriate, or a read/or/write operation if not appropriate. You do not need to keep track of which registers sbi/cbi will operate on.

Likewise, cbi (sfr,bit) is now sfr &= ~(_BV(bit));