Arduino library for the Pololu DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Shield for Arduino http://www.pololu.com/product/2511
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README.md

Arduino library for the Pololu DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Shield

Version: 2.0.0
Release date: 2016-08-18
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Summary

This is a library for an Arduino-compatible controller that interfaces with the Pololu DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Shield for Arduino. It makes it simple to drive two brushed, DC motors.

Getting started

Hardware

The Pololu DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Shield for Arduino can be purchased on Pololu's website. Before continuing, careful reading of the product page is recommended.

Compatible Arduino boards

This shield should work with all Arduino boards and clones that behave like a standard Arduino board. We have specifically tested this shield (using this Arduino library) with:

  • Arduino Uno R3
  • Arduino Leonardo
  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • Arduino Due
  • Arduino Duemilanove (ATmega328P)

This library configures Timer 1 on the Uno R3, Leonardo, and Duemilanove to generate a 20 kHz PWM frequency for the motors. The library uses analogWrite on any board that does not use an ATmega168, ATmega328P or ATmega32U4. On the Mega 2560 and Due, analogWrite generates 489 Hz and 1 kHz PWM frequencies, respectively, with the default timer configuration.

Software

If you are using version 1.6.2 or later of the Arduino software (IDE), you can use the Library Manager to install this library:

  1. In the Arduino IDE, open the "Sketch" menu, select "Include Library", then "Manage Libraries...".
  2. Search for "DRV8835MotorShield".
  3. Click the DRV8835MotorShield entry in the list.
  4. Click "Install".

If this does not work, you can manually install the library:

  1. Download the latest release archive from GitHub and decompress it.
  2. Rename the folder "drv8835-motor-shield-xxxx" to "DRV8835MotorShield".
  3. Drag the "DRV8835MotorShield" folder into the "libraries" directory inside your Arduino sketchbook directory. You can view your sketchbook location by opening the "File" menu and selecting "Preferences" in the Arduino IDE. If there is not already a "libraries" folder in that location, you should make the folder yourself.
  4. After installing the library, restart the Arduino IDE.

Example program

An example sketch is available that shows how to use the library. You can access it from the Arduino IDE by opening the "File" menu, selecting "Examples", and then selecting "DRV8835MotorShield". If you cannot find these examples, the library was probably installed incorrectly and you should retry the installation instructions above.

Demo

The demo ramps motor 1 from stopped to full speed forward, ramps down to full speed reverse, and back to stopped. Then, it does the same with the other motor.

Documentation

  • void setM1Speed(int speed)
    Set speed and direction for motor 1. Speed should be between -400 and 400. The motors brake at 0 speed. Positive speeds correspond to motor current flowing from M1A to M1B. Negative speeds correspond to motor current flowing from M1B to M1A.
  • void setM2Speed(int speed)
    Set speed and direction for motor 2. Speed should be between -400 and 400. The motors brake at 0 speed. Positive speeds correspond to motor current flowing from M2A to M2B. Negative speeds correspond to motor current flowing from M2B to M2A.
  • void setSpeeds(int m1Speed, int m2Speed)
    Set speed and direction for motor 1 and 2.
  • void flipM1(bool flip)
    Flip the direction meaning of the speed passed to the setSpeeds function for motor 1. The default direction corresponds to flipM1(false) having been called.
  • void flipM2(bool flip)
    Flip the direction meaning of the speed passed to the setSpeeds function for motor 2. The default direction corresponds to flipM2(false) having been called.

Version history

  • 2.0.0 (2016-08-18): Updated library to work with the Arduino Library Manager.
  • 1.0.1 (2014-08-15): Fix pin initializations so the Arduino Due doesn't drive the motors when the sketch starts.
  • 1.0.0 (2014-08-15): Original release.