Fortunately, it is easy to convert a PWM output to an analog voltage level, producing a true DAC. All that is needed is a simple low-pass filter made from a resistor and a ceramic capacitor. The simple RC low-pass filter shown in the third photo converts the PWM signal to a voltage proportional to the duty cycle. output ripple voltage works well for most applications.
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Where do I buy your RC-board? Or have you soldered it yourself? That’s great but what’s its latency? From the moment I set a pwm value on arduino, after how much time will the output of your circuit be stabilised? If I want to create sin waveform with the arduino and your RC circuit, what’s the highest effective frequency that I could reach? The resistor is part of the low pass filter.
It acts like a big voltage divider for high frequencies, reducing them a bunch, and it acts like a small voltage divider for low frequencies, keeping them the same amplitude. I’m curious, because my college would have been so much nicer as a learning ground with a faculty like you. Putting things simply is an art mostly forgotten here, It seems. I just gotta say, this is a fantastic explanation. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around a lot of these concepts for a long time and this one sunk in right away thanks to the detail you gave! Also, does the value of the capacitor play into it’s reactance? Putting a capacitor first and a resistor to ground will make it a high pass filter!
You can also exchange the capacitor for an inductor, which will act as a small resistance to low frequencies, but a high resistance to high frequencies. Now, I sort of lied when I said it’s just like a voltage divider with two resistors. The effect this has is that when the reactance of the capacitor is equal to the resistance, the output signal is nearly the same as the original. It starts, though, at 0 degrees, and drops to -90.
Usually this isn’t mentioned but it is true, and has meaning. RC filter showing what I mean. I mean can you make time necessary for capacitor to charge smaller? Maybe with a coil in series with the resistor and a very small cap.
To improve this add a second filter to remove most of the output ripple followed by an OPAmp as a buffer or with a gain if you want to control a larger voltage. The OPAmp will let you draw more current than directly off a pin of a micro-controller. A simple microcontroller circuit would also be very easy to use use the ADC to measure the analog voltage input, and adjust the output PWM duty cycle accordingly. I believe a 555 timer would work for that. It’s not as simple as this circuit. Here’s an example of using it as a PWM light dimmer. Do remember that the ‘RC-circuit” provided hereover will only provide you with a given voltaic output LEVEL, i.