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Microcontroller Programming » Help with ADC

March 22, 2011
by jkoppp
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Can someone explain what setting ADPS2, ADPS1, and ADPS0 to one does? This is mentioned in the temperature sensor project but i still don't really get what it does.

March 23, 2011
by Rick_S
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Those registers are for setting the rate at which the ADC takes samples in relationship to the micro's clock speed. You can have anywhere from a 1/2 to 1/128th ADC clock in relationship to the system clock. In the tempsensor project, these are each set to 1 which gives the ACD a sample frequency of 1/128th that of the clock. These values can be changed based on what you are trying to achieve. The number of ADC cycles required to perform a conversion is detailed in the datasheet.


March 23, 2011
by bretm
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And the reason you would want to choose different speeds is that the microcontroller can run at a wide range of speeds but the ADC is most accurate in a specific speed range. This lets you choose trade-offs between speed, accuracy, and power consumption.

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