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  1. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
    Im trying to control servo by PWM signal. Signal is generated by Xmega CPU, running on 3.3V. As per schematic I'm testing signal coming from T2 on oscilloscope everything looks ok, but when I'm trying to control servo I'm getting strong kickback from it. Oscilloscope showing distorted signal. I added protection with Schottky and Zener diodes. There is only insignificant change. Not sure a this point why is there so much interference. If someone can look into I will appreciate it. All datasheet are attached to this thread.


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  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    I see a few issues:
    1. The servo requires 4.8 V to 6 V power supply. Diode D6 will drop > 0.3 V from the 5 V supply, thus leaving less than 4.8 V for the servo. Replace D6 by a direct connection.
    2. The control input typically expects a 5 V PWM signal. While Q5 will deliver > +4.5 V for the high level (less than 5 V due to D2), there is no path to ground to supply 0 V to the control input. You'll need to add a push-pull driver stage here.
    3. " I'm testing signal coming from T2" There is no T2 in the schematic shown. Do you mean Q5? If so, where on Q5 (S, D G)?
    4. A strong 3.3 V signal from the CPU should be good enough to drive the control input of the servo directly without the need for an intermediate stage (T1, Q2). If you need to use a level shifter, here are a few circuits of differing complexity. A single stage driver is sufficient. You can undo the polarity inversion of a single stage driver in software.
    5. The diodes around the servo are imho useless. The electronics within the servo has built-in protection from reverse voltaeg spikes of the motor. It is much mor euseful to add a small LC filter into the power supply (G, +5V) of the servo:
      - add a capacitor (10 µF) in parallel to the servos' supply.
      - add a ferrite bead (something like this) in series with the positive supply of the servo. Do not place a ferrite in the ground path!
  3. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
    Hi Harald,
    thank you for response. I need adjust few items from my statement, apologies if this cause confusion:
    1, I'm driving little higher voltage (5.6V) so it is overcome forward voltage of diode. I will remove D6
    2, So I have 5V in signal, R15 is acting as pull down , maybe I was suppose to put in front of diode?
    3, You are correct T2 is Q5, +5V is connecting to S, D2 to D and G is fed by signal from T1
    4, Never thought about Level shifter, good idea, as plan B I thought about Optocoupler fed by N-MOSFET due to current consumption.
    5. I added diodes to due to spike I was geting from servo, I tried connect it to Arduino Uno directly (running on 5v) , the same issue and also to servo tester. Tester was was good for few turns, after that similar situation with interference, although on much smaller scale. I tried another 2 servos from the same kind, the same situation. I will try to add there RC filter, ferrite bead I will try to get hand on it (not available in local store). I', attaching screenshots from osciloscope. I will let you know how it looks like after changes (-diodes, +RC filter). Btw what values you recommend for R and C? thx


    May 20, 2017
    I see it is a Radio control servo. These don't normally require supply de-coupling though adding some will not hurt.
    To drive from 3.3V, the most you will need is a level shifter which is dead simple needing just one transistor and 2 resistors. As suggested by Harald Kapp, you will need to invert the output sense from your CPU.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2020
  5. hevans1944

    hevans1944 Hop - AC8NS

    Jun 21, 2012
    Is THIS what we are trying to drive with the Xmega CPU?

    Are you overthinking this? WIll the XMega output drive the servo dirctly, as @Harald Kapp suggested in post #2, his comment issue #4?
  6. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
    I didn't have protection before, but since behaviour I described before, I tried some.
  7. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
    I'm using xmega on 3.3V, so not enough for controlling servo so I used mosfet to help with it.
  8. Bluejets


    Oct 5, 2014
  9. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
  10. jozef007


    Nov 9, 2019
    Issue was resolved. For some unknown reason Lab power supply (0-30V,5A) was causing this interference. I taught that with such power and filtering should be impossible to have but I was wrong. I tried simple USB based power supply (3.3V and 5v) and it is working well.
    Thx for all your help.
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