[PD] OT: PWM frequency of Arduino

Martin Peach martin.peach at sympatico.ca
Thu Sep 11 21:59:53 CEST 2008

>From: Derek Holzer <derek at umatic.nl>
>To: pd-list at iem.at
>Subject: [PD] OT: PWM frequency of Arduino
>Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 21:09:33 +0200
>Hi all,
>using Pduino as a CV generator for my modular. First problem is to make
>a low pass filter circuit to remove the PWM noise and get smooth DC out.
>Might be helpful to know the default PWM frequency. I know it's set in
>the firmware, but I've read everything from 450 Hz to 32 Khz, and
>several other numbers in between out there in Googleland. I'm using
>Arduino 0011 and the Arduino NG board (ATMega8 controller). Anyone have
>the definitive answer?

The atmega168 data sheet gives the frequency for Timer1 in  phase-correct 
pwm mode as
where N is prescaler (set to 64 in init() in wiring.c), TOP is set to 255 in 
init() in wiring.c, and fclk_I/O is equal to the crystal frequency 
(16000000), so it should be about 490.2Hz. (I have a motor connected to it 
now and it sounds about that pitch at low duty cycles.)

On the atmega168, Timer0 is used in fast pwm mode and runs at twice that 


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