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ADS8718: Python class for the ADS7818 AD-converter

This is a very short and simple class. It uses the SPI bus for the interface. That ensures that the tight timing requirements of the ADS7818 are met.

Constructor

adc = ADS7818(spi, *, baudrate = 1000000, vref = 2.5, inverted = False)

  • spi is an SPI object which has to be created by the caller. Just the Pins have to be assigned by the caller. The init method of the class sets baud rate, phase, polarity and word size.
  • baudrate defines the baud rate of the SPI. the default is 1000000. The valid range is 200kHz through 4 MHz. These boundaries are silently enforced by the class.
  • vref is the reference voltage, used to calculate the voltage value. If the internal Vref is used, this allows small corrections. If an external Vref is applied, it can be assigned here. Vref is only used for the calculation of the equivalent voltage.
  • inverted set True if an inverter is inserted between the MOSI output and CONV input in order to get an high CONV level during quiet times.

Methods

value = adc.value()

Retrieves the adc raw value using the setting of the constructor. The returned value is in the range of 0 - 4095

volt = adc.voltage()

Reads the adc value and return the equivalent voltage. This is based on the vref value set in the constructor. The formula is:
voltage = 2 * vref * value / 4096

Interface

The ADS7818 is connected to the SPI bus signals. There is no CS needed. The connection consist of:

Micro ADS7818
MOSI CONV (5)
MISO DATA (6)
CLK CLK (7)

The ADS7818 needs a Vcc of 5V. For connecting to a 3.3V device, insert a resistor of about 4.7 kOhm between MISO and DATA. Device like those of Pycom have low MOSI level. This does not nicely match the interface description of the ADS7818. In that is a problem, an inverter can be placed between MOSI and CONV, and the flag inverted has to be set True when calling the constructor.

Example

# Drive the ADS7818 ADC using SPI
# Connections:
# xxPy | ADS7818
# -----|-------
# P10  |  CLK
# P11  |  CONV
# P14  |  DATA add a series resistor of about 4.7k between DATA and P14
#
from machine import SPI
from ads7818 import ADS7818

spi = SPI(0, SPI.MASTER)
vref = 2.493 # measured at the ADS7818
ads = ADS7818(spi)

while True:
    # start a conversion and get the result back
    value = ads.value()
    volt = 2.0 * vref * value / 4096

    print(value, volt)
    res= input("Next: ")
    if res == "q":
        break

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