hmm, ok. Thanks, you guys helped a lot.

Mark

On 6/13/06, Richard T. Stofer <rstofer@pacbell.net> wrote:
The ADC clock runs a some lesser rate than the system clock.  If the
system clock is 16 MHz then the highest ADC clock is 8 MHz (divide by 2)
and the lowest is 125 kHz (divide by 128) according to Table 99 in the
datasheet.  The possible divisors are 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128.

As the ADC requires an input clock between 50 kHz and 200 kHz then 128
is the only possible divisor if the crystal frequency is 16 MHz.  I
don't have a Robostix so I am not sure what the crystal frequency is.

Richard

Mark Yatskar wrote:
> But the ADC clock runs at the clock speed of the system? Thats the one
> thing I don't understand. Maybe purely on a theoretical level, but all
> of these clocks are essentially the system clock but capmentalized, so
> they should run at the same speed, given no prescaling...
>
> Mark
>
>
> On 6/13/06, *Dave Hylands* <dhylands@gmail.com
> <mailto:dhylands@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Hi Mark,
>
>     > I mean on the ATMEGA128. I was reading the refference doc for
>     the microchip
>     > and read that i had to set multipliers that are related to the
>     clock to run
>     > the clock speed down to between 50-200 khtz. (This is all in
>     relation to
>     > using the analog input on the robostix). Anyways, if you could
>     give me a
>     > quick rundown of how to figure out the speed of the item called
>     > would be very happy :)
>
>     Basically, each tick of the clock collects one more bit on an ADC
>     value. There's a bit of setup as well, so it actually takes 13 cycles
>     to collect a sample.
>
>     So it depends on how frequently you need to get a new ADC sample and
>     how precise it needs to be. My general rule of thumb is to pick the
>     lowest prescalar that gets the rate down to 200 kHz (the faster the
>     clkADC, the more samples/second you can make).
>
>     16000000 / 200000 = 80. So I pick the divide by 128 prescalar, which
>     yields 125 kHz clock rate for the ADC, which is 9615 samples/second.
>
>     Running with a slower system clock, you'd pick a different prescalar.
>
>     --
>     Dave Hylands
>     http://www.DaveHylands.com/
>
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