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I have a Pro Micro - 5V/16MHz (ATmega 32U4) and i need to get a PWM signal between 1000hz and 2000hz for a screen backlight signal input. All i could find about it is that pins 3, 5, 6, 9 and 10 are the ones that do PWM. However i'd like to know at what frequency they operate.
any help?


From the analogWrite() reference page:

Board: Leonardo, Micro, Yún
PWM Pins: 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13
PWM Frequency: 490 Hz (pins 3 and 11: 980 Hz)

The Pro Micro is functionally the same as the official ATmega32U4-based boards in this respect. So if you can work with 980 Hz, you should just use pins 3 and 11.


I see thanks, what if i wanted to use 2000hz?


Hi amadeok,

I see thanks, what if i wanted to use 2000hz?
Then it's necessary to use register manipulation. The following code sets up digital pins 9 and 10 for PWM at 2000Hz:

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// Set-up hardware PWM on the Arduino UNO/Pro Micro at 2kHz on digital pins D9 and D10
void setup() {
  pinMode(9, OUTPUT);                               // Set digital pin 9 (D9) to an output
  pinMode(10, OUTPUT);                              // Set digital pin 10 (D10) to an output
  TCCR1A = _BV(COM1A1) | _BV(COM1B1) | _BV(WGM11);  // Enable PWM outputs for OC1A and OC1B on digital pins 9, 10
  TCCR1B = _BV(WGM13) | _BV(WGM12) | _BV(CS11);     // Set fast PWM and prescaler of 8 on timer 1
  ICR1 = 999;                                       // Set the PWM frequency to 2kHz (16MHz / (8 * (999 + 1)))
  OCR1A = 500;                                      // Set duty-cycle to 50% on D9
  OCR1B = 250;                                      // Set duty-cycle to 25% on D10

void loop() {}


I see thanks, what if i wanted to use 2000hz?
The only "important" thing to consider when using PWM to control a backlight is that it doesn't visibly flicker.  490 Hz. is certainly fast enough to satisfy this. Sorry to ask this (because I hate when people do it to me), but why do you need/want 2000 Hz for the backlight?  It won't be any better, worse or different than stock 490 Hz...  Just curious.
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