The mcp4725 Digital to Analogue Converter


The digital to analogue converter is a device very often used in control applications. Some HV power supplies are controlled by a low voltage analogue signal level: 0V .. 10V → 0kV .. 10 kV. Some DACs convert fast enough such that they can we used to generate arbitrary wave forms.


The MCP4725 is a I2C based DAC with 12 bits resolution.

Exercise 9.1:

First find out on which I2C address the MCP4725 can be reached.

Write a program that allows you to send a 12 bit digital value to the DAC. Use the pigpio library to do this using the pigpiod interface. Make sure the pigpiod deamon is started:

sudo pigpiod

You must first the initialize the pigpio library with pigpio_start and open the i2c bus with i2c_open. Have a look at the pigpio library documentation for details.

Get a value to be sent to the DAC through command line arguments and check that the analogue level on the DAC output changes using a multi-meter.

-- Isaac Armah-Mensah - 2018-11-22


Topic revision: r1 - 2018-11-22 - IsaacArmahMensah
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