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AudioAmp 2 Click with EasyPIC v8

Published Nov 01, 2023

Click board™

AudioAmp 2 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v8

Compiler

NECTO Studio

MCU

PIC18F27K42

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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

AudioAmp 2 Click is based on the TDA7491, a dual BTL class-D audio amplifier IC from STMicroelectronics capable of delivering up to 20W to 8Ω load. This IC uses the bridge-tied load (BTL) topology, which means that the output load is driven by two amplifier stages, one of them being inverted. This results in twice the voltage swing on the output or four times more power. This also means higher power dissipation, but due to the high efficiency of the TDA7491, the power dissipation is still low enough to be handled by an exposed IC pad. This amplifier offers low noise and good-quality audio amplification. The amplifier's frequency response goes from under 20Hz to above 20kHz, covering the entire audio range of the spectrum. Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 10% at maximum output power, with the 8Ω load. However, THD decays fast as the output power reduces and the power supply voltage rises, respecting the maximum ratings of this IC. The datasheet of the TDA7491 IC offers detailed information about the technical characteristics of the amplifier IC itself. The output modulation scheme of the BTL is the unipolar pulse width modulation (PWM). The output voltage varies between 0V and +VCC for the positive output driver

and between 0V and -VCC for the negative output driver.  For 0V at the input, the outputs theoretically cancel out each other, resulting in no DC component at the output. In practice, a small delay is introduced to avoid both stages switching simultaneously when the input is 0V. Using a unipolar PWM scheme simplifies The power amplifier IC has protection against the pop sounds when powering the device ON or OFF. However, standby and mute pins provide a way to reduce startup noises further. STBY pin of the IC puts the device in the Standby mode. This will turn the internal power-demanding circuitry OFF, reducing the power consumption to a minimum. MUTE pin allows the inputs to be rerouted internally to GND. Combining STBY and MUTE modes allows it to completely avoid pop sounds at the power up or shut down. STBY pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ CS pin, while the MUTE pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ PWM pin, labeled MUTE. This Click board™ allows the selection of the input gain. Input signal gain staging is important to provide an adequate input level for the amplifier IC. For example, if the input signal is too low, the amplifier might not be able to reach the required output power. Therefore, a corrective gain is applied to the input signal. This is

done by applying logic levels to two GAIN pins of the TDA7491 IC (GAIN0 and GAIN1).  The GAIN0 pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ AN pin, while the GAIN1 pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ RST pin. Pins are labeled as GN0 and GN1, respectively. The DIAG pin allows monitoring of the fault conditions. When the short-circuit or thermal overload protection is activated, the DIAG pin will be set to a HIGH logic level through the onboard pull-up resistor, signaling the fault condition to the host MCU. This open drain output actively sinks current when no fault condition exists, keeping this pin in a LOW logic state. This pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ INT pin, labeled as DIA. The Click board™ is equipped with a 3.5mm stereo jack connector to connect the line-level audio input. Besides the input jack, there are also two screw terminals used for connecting the output speakers (4Ω to 8Ω). By default, the Click board™ is powered via the mikroBUS™ 5V rail. This will allow the amplifier to work with limited power. Therefore, an external header is provided, which allows the external power supply to be used with up to 18V. An SMD jumper labeled AMP VCC must be placed in the EXT position to select the external power supply.

audioamp-2-click-hardware-overview

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports many high pin count 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer. 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, EasyPIC v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the EasyPIC v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module, which offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment, the board 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 DEVICE, and CAN are also included, including the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, two display options (graphical and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from the smallest PIC MCU devices with only eight up to forty pins. EasyPIC 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.

EasyPIC v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU

default

Architecture

PIC

MCU Memory (KB)

128

Silicon Vendor

Microchip

Pin count

28

RAM (Bytes)

8192

Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Gain Setup Pin 0
RA3
AN
Gain Setup Pin 1
RA0
RST
Standby Function
RA5
CS
NC
NC
SCK
NC
NC
MISO
NC
NC
MOSI
Power supply
3.3V
3.3V
Ground
GND
GND
Mute Function
RC1
PWM
Diagnostic Interrupt
RB1
INT
NC
NC
TX
NC
NC
RX
NC
NC
SCL
NC
NC
SDA
Power Supply
5V
5V
Ground
GND
GND
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Take a closer look

Schematic

AudioAmp 2 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v8 as your development board.

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly
LTE IoT 5 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 28 hardware assembly
LTE IoT 5 Click complete accessories setup image hardware assembly
EasyPIC v8 28pin-DIP Access - 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 DIP 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 AudioAmp 2 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • audioamp2_set_mode - Mode Set function

  • audioamp2_set_gain - Gain Set function

  • audioamp2_check_diagnostic - Diagnostic Check function

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 Audio Amp 2 Click example
 * 
 * # Description
 * This application amplifies the sound on the speakers.
 *
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * 
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initializes GPIO driver and puts device in Standby Mode as default
 * operation mode and selects 20dB as default gain selection.
 * 
 * ## Application Task  
 * Activates Mute operation mode for 4 seconds and after that activates Play mode.
 * When the device is in Play mode then changes the gain selection, first sets the minimum gain (20dB) for 8 seconds
 * and then sets the maximum gain (32dB) for 8 seconds too.
 * 
 * *note:* 
 * Internally, the gain is set by changing the feedback resistors of the amplifier.
 * 
 * \author MikroE Team
 *
 */
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "audioamp2.h"

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

static audioamp2_t audioamp2;
static log_t logger;

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

void application_init ( void )
{
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    audioamp2_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 ----");

    //  Click initialization.

    audioamp2_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    AUDIOAMP2_MAP_MIKROBUS( cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    audioamp2_init( &audioamp2, &cfg );
    Delay_ms( 100 );
    
    log_printf( &logger, "AudioAmp 2 is initialized \r\n \r\n" );
    Delay_ms( 200 );
}

void application_task ( void )
{
    audioamp2_set_mode( &audioamp2, AUDIOAMP2_MUTE_MODE );
    Delay_ms( 4000 );
    audioamp2_set_gain( &audioamp2, AUDIOAMP2_20DB_GAIN );
    audioamp2_set_mode( &audioamp2, AUDIOAMP2_PLAY_MODE );
    Delay_ms( 8000 );
    audioamp2_set_gain( &audioamp2, AUDIOAMP2_32DB_GAIN );
    Delay_ms( 8000 );
}

void main ( void )
{
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
    {
        application_task( );
    }
}

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

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