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Dec 17, 2012, 06:29 am Last Edit: Dec 17, 2012, 07:54 am by Vitor2 Reason: 1
I'm confused about which communication protocol to use, SPI, I2C or just the shiftOut commnad.
I have a programmable electronic load, Datel DTL2A-LC
The communication states "CMOS/TTL compatible, serial input current sink"

The DAC needs to get a 12 bit value to set the load current, from 1 to 4096.

The device has 4 pins for input:
Latch Data - LD
Serial Data In - SDI
Clock - CLK
Control Strobe - CS

I tried following the instructions in the datasheet; however, it specifies that the instructions are for C Language. I translated to the Arduino, see my sample below.
I have tried using the shiftOut command with no success.

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This sketch is designed to communicate with the ELTEST EL2A-LC programmable electronic load
Communication with the EL2A-LC is with the shiftOut command
Tested with Arduino Mega running IDE 1.0.1

Created  December 16, 2012
By Vitor2

int latchPin = 8;  //Connected to pin 4 of Eltest
int clockPin = 12;  //Connected to pin 6 of Eltest
int dataPin = 11;  //Connected to pin 5 of Eltest
int strobePin = 7;  //Connected to pin 7 of Eltest

void setup() {
 //set pins to output
 pinMode(latchPin, OUTPUT);
 pinMode(clockPin, OUTPUT);
 pinMode(dataPin, OUTPUT);
 pinMode(strobePin, OUTPUT);

   //I did not include sending the data in the loop because I only want to do it once.
   //This may not belong here.

   digitalWrite(strobePin, HIGH);
   digitalWrite(latchPin, HIGH);
   digitalWrite(clockPin, HIGH);
   digitalWrite(strobePin, LOW);

   //Send one value between 0 and 4096 to the device
   //The value should be a 12 bit binary?
   shiftOut(dataPin, clockPin, MSBFIRST, 100);  //Value of 100 should be 0.488 Amps

   digitalWrite(strobePin, HIGH);
   digitalWrite(latchPin, HIGH);
   digitalWrite(latchPin, LOW);
   digitalWrite(latchPin, HIGH);

void loop() {


Nick Gammon

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I just bought this module and will be trying it with my arduino.

first thing I noticed about the code example is that shiftout sends 8 bits at a time.  the dc load chip needs 12 bits.  and sending more is going to be -wrong-, just as much as sending less would be.

so, I think you have to bit-bang in software.  I plan to, anyway, and do it for a loop count of 12.

when I have my example working, I'll post it.  not sure if the OP cares anymore, but for the record, I'll debug this and post when I have working code for my own setup.

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