Delay Routine: Fully-portable C89 if possible
- From: Martin Wells <warint@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 05:49:09 -0700
I'm doing an embedded systems project which consists of taking input
from the user via simple buttons, and giving output in the form of
lighting LED's. So far, I've written the program as fully-portable
C89, and I intend to keep it that way as much as possible. Obviously,
I'll have microcontroller-specific parts to it such as:
/* Must call microcontroller-specific library functions or
something here */
, but the rest of my program calls these "wrapper" functions so I can
keep the bulk of it fully-portable.
Anyway, I've come to a point where I need to introduce delays, and I
again want this to be fully portable. The delays will be in the region
of milliseconds (typically 250ms, eg. for flashing LED's).
I had considered using a macro which indicates the "Floating Point
Operations per Second" for the given hardware setup, and then doing
void Delay(unsigned const fraction_of_full_second)
long unsigned amount_flop = FLOPS / fraction_of_full_second;
float x = 56.3;
do x /= x;
(I realise I'll have to take into account the delays of looping and so
Is this a bad idea? How should I go about introducing a delay? Must
this part of my program be non-portable?