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Hello DT forum, I need your help with a particular application. I've inherited a project that uses an Atmel Atmega328P MCU to drive a DC brush motor through a L298HN. The MCU controls the motor with a 0-5V PWM output on the L298HN's enable pin and two additional MCU pins are used as a 0-5V signal on L298HN's Inputs 1 & 2(CCW & CW).


I've tried following the User Manual under Special Instructions for Direc t-PWM Control of Brush Motors pg 100 but am not understanding the results I get. On Output C(JMACH2 Pin 13) I get a square wave like I expect from a PWM output 0 to +5V, but Output A(JMACH1 Pin 29) is more of a sine wave from -5 to 5mV.



This is my code for a simple output test using the open loop output command "o{constant}". I download the file to PMAC and then check the output on the scope.


Configure channel 1 for open loop motor control

I100 = $0  ;Disable Motor 1
I7016 = $0	;A & B are DAC & C is PWM
I124 = $130001 /*
								Amplifier Fault Use B20 = 1
								Overtravel Limit Use B17 = 1
								Amplifier Enable Use B16 = 1
								Flag Reg Type PMAC2 Style B0 = 1
I111 = $0		;Disable Following Error Limit
I112 = $0		;Disable Following Error Warning
I125 = $78000		;Point to address of Flag bits in IC

I100 = $1  ;Enable Motor 1



And my code that tries to follow the Special Instructions for Direc t-PWM Control of Brush Motors pg 100 and is unresponsive to my open loop commands.


First Attempt***********
Follow the direct PWM setup for brush motors in the Pmac user manual. Pg.100
I100 = 0
I101=1; PMAC handles commutation for Motor #1

I102=$78002; PMAC DAC 1 on Clipper, becomes Phase A output

I182= 0; PMAC isn't closing current Loop

I129=0 I179=0 I161=0 I162=0 I176=0; Related to Loop current

I173=0 I174=0;Prevent PMAC from doing phase search

I177=0;Command 0 Direct Current ?

I178=0;zero slip in communtation calculations

I181=1;Dummy read for Phasing read, Pmac needs something here to continue

//Required for BRUSH motor setup
I170=0;Cause all values in commutation cycle to be multiplied by zero to disregard commutation vector

I196=1;Clears accumilated error from no-existant DC-current loop?

I100 = 1



TBQH I'm unfamiliar with the type of output PMAC is providing and what amplifiers I should be using with the Clipper. My biggest confusion is the Output A(JMACH1 Pin 29) DAC1. Looking at the Clipper HRM the DAC1 is produced from a 5V PWM output from a DSPGATE1 and is filtered to make a DAC output. Is it possible for my Clipper PMAC to drive a square wave for a transistor amplifier? From my reading of the manuals and looking at example setups it seems PMAC is meant more for linear amplifiers and I'm trying to fit a square peg in a round hole with using the L298 amp.




I've attached the waveform I am getting from the Clipper board. Output A is the top waveform and C is on the bottom. I've attached a small schematic of how I expect the Clipper and amplifier to be connected. Edit: I've had to shrink the picture in order to not break the forum. The top waveforms scale is 5mV and the bottom is 5V. I'm having problems scaling Output A back to 5V.


A link to the L298HN datasheet on Jameco.



Thanks for looking.



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