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Writes PWM duty cycle to PWM pin

Add-On Required: This feature requires the MATLAB Support Package for Raspberry Pi Hardware add-on.


writePWMDutyCycle(mypi, pinNumber, dutyCycle) writes the duty cycle of the output square wave to the output pin.

The PWM uses a software implementation allowing all GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi® hardware board to operate as a PWM pin. Each PWM pin outputs a square waveform with variable frequency, duty cycle, or average voltage. A duty cycle of 0 means the waveform is always low and a duty cycle of 1 means the waveform is always high.

To use a PWM pin, reconfigure one of the multiple-use GPIO pins as a PWM pin.

Input Arguments

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Connection to the Raspberry Pi hardware board, specified as a raspi object.

GPIO pin number, specified as a scalar. This argument does not accept vectors because the hardware cannot access multiple pins simultaneously.

To get a list of valid pin numbers, enter mypi.AvailableDigitalPins.

Example: 12

Data Types: double

Duty cycle between 0 and 1 to assign to output pin.

Data Types: single | double


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Enable PWM pin 12 and set the frequency and duty cycle.

mypi = raspi();
configurePin(mypi, 12, 'PWM');
writePWMDutyCycle(mypi, 12, 0.5);
writePWMFrequency(mypi, 12, 2000);

The result is a square wave with a 50.0% duty cycle, frequency of 2000 hertz, and average voltage of 1.65 V.

Extended Capabilities

Version History

Introduced in R2016b