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I am building a boost converter using a mosfet. The mosfet is driven by PWM generated by an Arduino Uno through Matlab Simulink. In Simulink I am giving 10 KHz pulse width 50%. Practically 10 KHz available at pins 5 and 6. Up to how much frequency can pins 5 and 6 handle?

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    I think the maximum frequency is 4MHz. I wouldn't use pins 5 and 6, as those use timer0, which is already used by millis and delay. You'd better of using pins 9 and 10 which use timer1. – Gerben Jun 21 '16 at 15:10
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    Yes. Though you'd have to tweak some of the registers to get this exact frequency. If the frequency doesn't need to be exact you could just change the default /64 prescaler to e.g /1 to get around 30kHz. – Gerben Jun 21 '16 at 16:06
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    PS the maximum PWM frequency is actually 8MHz. – Gerben Jun 21 '16 at 16:07
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    Still 8MHz..... – Gerben Jun 21 '16 at 17:14
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See my page about timers. The maximum frequency the hardware can output is 8 MHz if you are running a 16 MHz clock.

10 kHz should be easily achievable if you tweak the hardware registers, as Gerben said.

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Up to how much frequency can pins 5 and 6 handle?

here is a way for you to find out:

1) pin 5/6 are OC0A and OC0B -> two output compare pins tied to timer0

2) go to the datasheet and timer0 is a 8-bit timer, with a few pwm modes who top out at 0xff or OCR0A -> useless for your application.

So the theoretical but useless answer is 16Mhz/2, at 1:1 prescaler.

the more practical answer is 16Mhz / 256, at 1:1 prescaler.

with that said, some AVRs (ATtiny25/45/85 for example) can run in asynchronous modes generating incredibly high PWM with very little outside help.

if generating high speed pwm is your thing, check them out instead.

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