How to generate Analog Output at Digital Pins using PWM

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This tutorial discusses what is Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), and how to generate analog output in evive using PWM with the help of an Arduino IDE sketch.
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PWM, or Pulse Width Modulation is a technique for getting an analog output using digital signals. A digital signal, in general, can have either of the two values: HIGH/ON or LOW/OFF. If we switch the signal between these two values at an extremely fast rate, say, 500 times in 1 second, the signal at the output will appear to be continuous; it will seem as if it is an analog signal. The duration of on-time, i.e. the time during which the signal is HIGH is called the pulse width. To get varying analog values, you can modulate, i.e. change that pulse width. If you repeat this on-off pattern fast enough, the result is a steady voltage between 0 and 5V.

evive generates analog output in PWM form. It has 12 PWM pins for the same; they are numbered 2 – 13. Pin 13 is internally connected to the pin 13 LED.

evive PWM Pins


Generally, Arduino’s PWM frequency is about 500Hz. In Arduino IDE, we use PWM concept through analogWrite() function. We give a value ranging on a scale of 0 – 255, such that analogWrite(255) requests a 100% duty cycle (always ON), and analogWrite(127) is a 50% duty cycle (ON for one half the time).


analogWrite(pin, value)

where pin is the PWM pin and value is the duty cycle between 0% (always OFF or 0) and 100% (always ON or 255)


In this example we will control the brightness of pin 13 LED with evive’s potentiometer that is internally connected to the analog pin A9. The brightness of an LED depends on the current flowing through it. If we control the voltage supply to the LED, we can control the current flowing though it, and as a result its brightness.

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Note that the values that analogRead() can take are from 0 to 1023, whereas those that analogWrite() can take are from 0 to 255. Hence, we need to map the values.

Below is the Arduino sketch:

evive Analog Write

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