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AD5781 - No-OS Driver for Renesas Microcontroller Platforms

Supported Devices

Evaluation Boards

  • PmodDA5


The AD5781 is a single 18-bit, unbuffered voltage-output DAC that operates from a bipolar supply of up to 33 V. The AD5781 accepts a positive reference input in the range 5V to VDD – 2.5 V and a negative reference input in the range VSS + 2.5 V to 0 V. The AD5781 offers a relative accuracy specification of ±0.5 LSB max, and operation is guaranteed monotonic with a ±0.5 LSB DNL max specification.

The part uses a versatile 3-wire serial interface that operates at clock rates up to 35 MHz and that is compatible with standard SPI®, QSPI™, MICROWIRE™, and DSP interface standards. The part incorporates a power-on reset circuit that ensures the DAC output powers up to 0 V and in a known output impedance state and remains in this state until a valid write to the device takes place. The part provides an output clamp feature that places the output in a defined load state.


  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Test and Measurement
  • Industrial Control
  • Scientific and Aerospace Instrumentation
  • Data Acquisition Systems
  • Digital Gain and Offset Adjustment
  • Power Supply Control

28 Feb 2013 09:46 · Dan Nechita

The goal of this project (Microcontroller No-OS) is to be able to provide reference projects for lower end processors, which can't run Linux, or aren't running a specific operating system, to help those customers using microcontrollers with ADI parts. Here you can find a generic driver which can be used as a base for any microcontroller platform and also specific drivers for different microcontroller platforms.

Driver Description

The driver contains two parts:

  • The driver for the AD5781 part, which may be used, without modifications, with any microcontroller.
  • The Communication Driver, where the specific communication functions for the desired type of processor and communication protocol have to be implemented. This driver implements the communication with the device and hides the actual details of the communication protocol to the ADI driver.

The Communication Driver has a standard interface, so the AD5781 driver can be used exactly as it is provided.

There are three functions which are called by the AD5781 driver:

  • SPI_Init() – initializes the communication peripheral.
  • SPI_Write() – writes data to the device.
  • SPI_Read() – reads data from the device.

SPI driver architecture

The following functions are implemented in this version of AD5781 driver:

Function Description
long AD5781_Init(void) Initializes the communication with the device. Return 0 in case of success and negative error code otherwise.
long AD5781_SetRegisterValue(unsigned char registerAddress, unsigned long registerValue) Writes data into a register. Receives as parameters the address of the register and the value of the register. Returns 0 in case of success or negative error code.
long AD5781_GetRegisterValue(unsigned char registerAddress) Reads the value of a register. Receives as parameter the address of the register. Returns the value of the register or negative error code.
long AD5781_DacOuputState(unsigned char state) Sets the DAC output in one of the three states(normal, clamped via 6KOhm to GND, tristate). Returns negative error code or 0 in case of success.
long AD5781_SetDacValue(unsigned long value) Writes to the DAC register. Receives as parameter the value to be written to DAC. Returns negative error code or 0 in case of success.
long AD5781_SoftInstruction(unsigned char instructionBit) Asserts RESET, CLR or LDAC in a software manner. Receives as parameter one of the software control bits(RESET, CLR or LDAC). Returns negative error code or 0 in case of success.
long AD5781_Setup(unsigned long setupWord) Configures the output amplifier, DAC coding, SDO state and the linearity error compensation. Receives as parameter a 24-bit value that sets or clears the Control Register bits(RBUF, BIN/2sC, SDODIS, LINCOMP). Returns negative error code or 0 in case of success.
28 Feb 2013 09:16 · Dan Nechita


Renesas RL78G14 Quick Start Guide

This section contains a description of the steps required to run the AD5781 demonstration project on a Renesas RL78G14 platform using the PmodDA5.

Required Hardware

Required Software

The AD5781 demonstration project for the Renesas RL78G14 platform consists of three parts: the AD5781 Driver, the PmodDA5 Demo for RL78G14 and the RL78G14 Common Drivers.

All three parts have to be downloaded.

Hardware Setup

A PmodDA5 has to be connected to the PMOD1 connector (see image below).

Reference Project Overview

The reference project:

  • configures the device;
  • displays its internal registers on the LCD;
  • generates a triangle signal(-10V to 10V).

Software Project Tutorial

This section presents the steps for developing a software application that will run on the Renesas Demo Kit for RL78G14 for controlling and monitoring the operation of the ADI part.

  • Run the IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RL78 integrated development environment.
  • Choose to create a new project (Project – Create New Project).
  • Select the RL78 tool chain, the Empty project template and click OK.

  • Select a location and a name for the project (ADIEvalBoard for example) and click Save.

  • Open the project’s options window (Project – Options).
  • From the Target tab of the General Options category select the RL78 – R5F104PJ device.

  • From the Setup tab of the Debugger category select the TK driver and click OK.

  • Copy the downloaded files into the project's folder.

  • The new source files have to be included into the project. Open the Add Files… window (Project – Add Files…), select all the copied files and click open.

  • At this moment, all the files are included into the project.
  • The project is ready to be compiled and downloaded on the board. Press the F7 key to compile it. Press CTRL + D to download and debug the project.
  • A window will appear asking to configure the emulator. Keep the default settings and press OK.

  • To run the project press F5.

09 May 2013 17:10 · Dragos Bogdan

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