Soft_pwm is a nice device driver written by Antonio Galea which can generate a bit banging PWM signal on any GPIO available on the FOX Board G20 or Aria G25 using an internal timer interrupt and a sysfs interface.
It turns out that the Acme boards are indeed capable of generating the required PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) signal, directly in hardware. There's a catch, though: you can only have a couple of pins for that (not enough for many applications - like making an hexapod walk, for instance). Worse still we didn't find a clear and easy way to understand Linux drivers (at least, not yet).
Download soft_pwm.ko executable Kernel module on your Acme board from this link:
Load it by typing:
Export the GPIO pin using it Kernel ID (82 for example):
echo 82 > /sys/class/soft_pwm/export
Note: Please note tha the Kernel id are changed starting from Kernel 3.5.
Set the wave period (for example 1000 microseconds) and the pulse width (in this case 500 microseconds to obtaint a duty cucle of 50%):
echo 1000 > /sys/class/soft_pwm/pwm82/period echo 500 > /sys/class/soft_pwm/pwm82/pulse
Have a look at the running counter.
Install the cross compiler toolchain on your PC and the kernel tree an explainen on these articles:
Clone the git repository on your Linux PC by typing:
git clone git://github.com/tanzilli/soft_pwm.git cd soft_pwm
Edit KDIR with the path of your kernel tree then type:
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabi- KDIR=/home/linux-3.xxxx
Copy the soft_pwm.ko on your acme board and load it: