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2.10.1.2 - PWM Output (8-Bit, Mode 1)

Outputs a pulse width modulated rectangular wave output. Value passed should be 0-65535, and determines what portion of the total time is spent low (out of 65536 total increments). The lower byte is actually ignored since this is 8-bit PWM. That means the duty cycle can be varied from 100% (0 out of 65536 are low) to 0.4% (65280 out of 65536 are low).

The overall frequency of the PWM output is the clock frequency specified by TimerClockBase/TimerClockDivisor divided by 28. The following table shows the range of available PWM frequencies based on timer clock settings.

Table 2.10.1.2-1. 8-bit PWN Frequency Ranges

    PWM8 Frequency Ranges   
TimerClockBase Divisor=1 Divisor=256  
0 750 kHz 2929.69 11.44 750000
1 48 MHz (System) 187500 732.42 48000000

The same clock applies to all timers, so all 8-bit PWM channels will have the same frequency and will have their falling edges at the same time.

PWM output starts by setting the digital line to output-low for the specified amount of time. The output does not necessarily start instantly, but rather has to wait for the internal clock to roll. For 8-bit PWM output, the start delay varies from 0.0 to TimerClockDivisor*256/TimerClockBase. For example, if TimerClockBase = 48 MHz and TimerClockDivisor = 256, PWM frequency is 732 Hz, PWM period is 1.4 ms, and the start delay will vary from 0 to 1.4 ms.

If a duty cycle of 0.0% (totally off) is required, consider using a simple inverter IC such as the CD74ACT540E from TI.