A low cost 100MHz Frequency Meter @technoblogy @MicrochipMakes

Technoblogy presents building a 100MHz Frequency Meter using an ATtiny414 microcontroller.

I recently wanted to design a frequency meter that would measure up to 100MHz, so you can use it to test processor clocks and crystals. There are many designs for microcontroller-based frequency meters on the web; after all, it’s one of the applications that the timer/counters in most microcontrollers are designed for. However, most of them don’t go as high as 100MHz because the microcontroller’s own clock usually imposes an upper limit of half the clock frequency.

Just on the off-chance I thought about trying Timer/Counter TCD0. This is a 12-bit device, but unlike most other timer/counters it’s asynchronous; in other words, it works independently of the processor clock.

It turned out that I could clock TCD0 at well over 100MHz, which would allow me to design this really simple frequency meter with the range I was looking for, without needing a prescaler.

See the details in the post here.

 


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