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Jun 27, 2012, 05:46 PM
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What does an external crystal do?


The new Hobbyking i86L board now has an external crystal (says 16.000 on top of it), what does it do?
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Jun 27, 2012, 05:51 PM
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Sets clock speed for processor?
Jun 28, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave8888
The new Hobbyking i86L board now has an external crystal (says 16.000 on top of it), what does it do?
I believe it sets the clock speed for the processor more precisely than the built in on the AVR chip.

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Jun 28, 2012, 11:44 AM
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Yup, 16.000 means 16Mhz crystal. It is far more accurate than the AVR's internal oscillator which can drift with temperature and more accurate than a resonator.

I am little surprised as to why the 'lite' version has a crystal !

One more thing to know.

The internal oscillator of the ATmega328 (or the megas) can only go up to 8mhz guaranteed. anything beyond that is not. You can however push that internal frequency by a register setting(but it would not be guaranteed).


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