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ADC 5 click with Fusion for Tiva v8

Published Jun 08, 2023

Click board™

ADC 5 click

Development board

Fusion for Tiva v8


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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

ADC 5 Click is based on the ADC121S021, a 12-bit CMOS ADC device from Texas Instruments. This AD converter uses a reference voltage obtained from the LP2985 LDO regulator from the same company. It provides a clean and accurate regulated voltage on its output, perfectly suited to this converter's reference voltage. Since the reference voltage is set to 3.3V, the maximum value of the input voltage is also 3.3V. The device uses SPI communication. The MOSI pin does not exist since no communication from the MCU to the click board™ is going on. The reading speed, also known as the sample rate, directly depends on the clock rate of the SCK line. The sample rate over which the specified electrical performance is ensured is 50 Ks/s to 200 Ks/s. The ADC121S021 can use any clock signal frequency up to the rated maximum frequency, with

no significant deviations from the specifications stated in the datasheet: it is specified over a wide range of sample rates, maintaining good linearity and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). ADC (analog to digital converters) are the most commonly used devices for converting voltage signals into information, which can then be processed in the digital domain. There are many types of ADC converters commercially available. They can vary in bit depth, sample rate, approximation algorithm (SAR or delta-sigma), and more. Those attributes affect how accurately the sampled voltage will be translated into the digital world. The sample rate is usually the determining factor when the maximum frequency of the input signal is considered. The aliasing of the input signal can occur as the input signal frequency is nearing half the sample rate

of the converter. This frequency limits the bandwidth of the input signal, also called the Nyquist frequency, so using input frequencies near or above the Nyquist frequency results in an inaccurate conversion. The ADC121S021 converter uses the SAR, or the successive approximation method, for the conversion, which compares the input voltage with a series of internally generated voltage values. The approximation is stored in a successive approximation register at each step in this process. The comparing steps are continued until the desired resolution is reached. The ADC click board is also equipped with a screw terminal, which can be used for easy and secure connection of the input voltage rail. Although the reference voltage is 3.3V, it is powered only by the 5V rail from the mikroBUS™, used as the input for the LDO regulator.

ADC 5 Click hardware overview image

Features overview

Development board

Fusion for TIVA v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports a wide range of microcontrollers, such as different 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M based MCUs from Texas Instruments, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer over a WiFi network. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, Fusion for TIVA v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access

anywhere and under any circumstances at any time. Each part of the Fusion for TIVA v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module offers many valuable programming/debugging options, including support for JTAG, SWD, and SWO Trace (Single Wire Output)), and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides, it also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector.

Communication options such as USB-UART, USB HOST/DEVICE, CAN (on the MCU card, if supported), and Ethernet is also included. In addition, it also has the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, a standardized socket for the MCU card (SiBRAIN standard), and two display options for the TFT board line of products and character-based LCD. Fusion for TIVA v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

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Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU



8th Generation


ARM Cortex-M4

MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor

Texas Instruments

Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

SPI Chip Select
SPI Clock
Power supply

Take a closer look


ADC 5 click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the Fusion for Tiva v8 as your development board.

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click front image hardware assembly
SiBRAIN for PIC32MZ1024EFK144 front image hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click complete accessories setup image hardware assembly
v8 SiBRAIN Access MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

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Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for ADC 5 Click driver.

Key functions:

adc5_getData - This function returns raw 10-bit data

adc5_getVoltage - This function returns measured voltage in millivolts

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * \file 
 * \brief ADC5 Click example
 * # Description
 * This example showcases how to initialize and configure the logger and click modules and 
 * how to read and display ADC voltage data from the click.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * This function initializes and configures the logger and click modules. 
 * ## Application Task  
 * This function reads and displays ADC voltage data every second.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "adc5.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static adc5_t adc5;
static log_t logger;

// ------------------------------------------------------ APPLICATION FUNCTIONS

void application_init ( )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    adc5_cfg_t cfg;

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Init ----" );
    Delay_ms( 100 );

    //  Click initialization.

    adc5_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    adc5_init( &adc5, &cfg );

void application_task ( )
    uint16_t adc_value;
    adc_value = adc5_get_voltage( &adc5 );
    log_printf( &logger, " * Voltage: %d mV * \r\n", adc_value );
    Delay_1sec( );

void main ( )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

Additional Support