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Variable frequency pulse train for pulse transformer application

Question asked by petterson.martin on Aug 22, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 5, 2017 by Tomfly
Hi

The objective is to create a variable frequency pulse train with as little CPU intervention as possible.

This was quite straightforward with the TMS320 TI MCU. It had a feature called "PWM chopper" where it was possible to configure frequency, pulse width, duty cycle and number of pulses.

To achieve the same kind of functionality with the STM32F4, the idea that first came to mind was to use the Advanced Control Timer & DMA peripheral.

A table which consists of the timer periods that define the pulse train characteristics is setup in RAM. The have the DMA transfer these values to the timer compare register using memory increment mode. The timer output pin is configured to toggle at every compare match. 

Also, it is desired to have control of the time interval between each consecutive pulse train. Therefore a timer capture/compare interrupt is enabled. In the interrupt, the pulse train starting time (first positive flank) is defined as:
Current time (time when the interrupt occurs) + A settable delay
The time when the next interrupt occurs is also settable.

The questions are:

1) Is the method described above possible with the STM32F4?

2) Are there any other ways to get the same result?

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