1Hz to 30KHz Wave Generator Using Arduino

1Hz to 30KHz Wave Generator Using Arduino

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Wave generator is one of the most needed tools in our electronics labs, you can buy a fully functional ready made one or make a simple one using your Arduino.

Joekutz over Hackaday.io created a simple wave generator using Arduino powered from 9V battery and produces amplified and non amplified signals. This generator uses the 8-bit resistor ladder, aka R2R, DAC with 0.0195V step, knowing that Vout of R2R DAC is Vout = Vref × VAL / 2^N  Where N = 8 (hence 2^8 = 256) and Vref = 5.0 V.

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Image Source – “Arduino Waveform Generator” Instructable

Joekutz used the “Arduino Waveform Generator” instructable, but he added to the original project design a LCD display, a speaker to hear the generated wave and edited the way how user sets the waveform and frequency.

Joekutz decided to hack a cheap calculator LCD and to use it in his project, he found out how to emulate a press of “CE, +, = and 1” Keys using Arduino, so he can display any number using this hack, for example displaying 123 on the LCD means the following sequence: 111 + 11 + 1.

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He created an Arduino library for his hack. You can see the below video from Joekutz explaining LCD hack:

In the below video Joekutz demonstrates the project:

The mechanical work in this project included designing a cheap plywood case using Inkscape and designing a switches knobs using FreeCAD.

You can download the Arduino Library and sketch files from the project page on Hackaday.

Embedded Hardware Engineer interested in open hardware and was born in the same year as Linux. Yahya is the editor-in-chief of Atadiat and believes in the importance of sharing free, practical, spam-free and high quality written content with others. His experience with Embedded Systems includes developing firmware with bare-metal C and Arduino, designing PCB&schematic and content creation.

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