Chirp wave

typedef struct uz_wavegen_chirp uz_wavegen_chirp

Object definition for generating a chirp signal.

struct uz_wavegen_chirp_config

Configuration struct for chirp generation, pass to init function. Accessible by the user.

Public Members

float amplitude

Amplitude of the chirp signal

float start_frequency_Hz

Start frequency of the chirp in Hz. Only positive values are permitted

float end_frequency_Hz

End frequency of the chirp in Hz. Only positive values are permitted

float duration_sec

Duration of the transition from start to end frequency in seconds. Only positive values are permitted

float initial_delay_sec

Delay after first function call until transition starts in seconds. No negative values are permitted

float offset

Offset of the chirp wave

uz_wavegen_chirp *uz_wavegen_chirp_init(struct uz_wavegen_chirp_config config)

Initialization of a wavegenerator for a chirp signal.

  • config – Configuration struct


Pointer to wavegen_chirp instance

float uz_wavegen_chirp_sample(uz_wavegen_chirp *self)

Returns one sample of the chirp.

  • self – wavegen_chirp instance


One sample of the chirp output for current system time

void uz_wavegen_chirp_reset(uz_wavegen_chirp *self)

Resets the wavegen_chirp instance.

  • self – wavegen_chirp instance

Chrip wave example

The following define has to be set in uz_global_configuration.h to set the maximum of required instances, with x defining the maximum for how often uz_wavegen_chirp_init will be called.


Initialize the config file:

struct uz_wavegen_chirp_config config_chirp = {
        .amplitude = 2.0f,
        .start_frequency_Hz = 1.0f,
        .end_frequency_Hz = 10.0f,
        .duration_sec = 10.0f,
        .initial_delay_sec = 0.0f,
        .offset = 1.0f

Call the init function:

int main(void) {
   uz_wavegen_chirp* chirp_instance=uz_wavegen_chirp_init(config_chirp);
   float chirp_sample=uz_wavegen_chirp_sample(chirp_instance);

The function uz_wavegen_chirp_reset() resets the chirp such that it can be started again from the start frequency. A subsequent call of uz_wavegen_chirp() will start the chirp function from \(t=0\) again.


Outputs one sample of a configurable chirp for each function call based on the global system time. The parameters for configuration are the amplitude, the start and end frequency, the duration for the chirp and a delay for the start of the chirp wave. After the duration of the chirp wave, the function uz_wavegen_chirp_sample() will return a normal sine wave with the end_frequency_Hz. For the input arguments a struct is required.

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Fig. 55 chirp wave