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Pulse generator advice

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by zaky, Oct 2, 2007.

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  1. zaky

    zaky Guest

    Hi everyone, I'm working on a circuit to provide a voltage pulse of
    variable duration in response to a rising or falling edge from a
    computer via a USB or serial port link. I am using this one-shot
    pulse to modulate a laser diode, and for the project I'm working on, I
    would like pulses of width about 1 ms, adjustable in something like
    0.1 ms increments. Does anyone have any advice for a cheap and simple
    solution? I have been following chapter 8 of Horowitz and Hill,
    especially section 8.23, using an ICM7250 timer/counter but I can't
    figure out the resetting / triggering. If there is an easier way to
    do this or if someone can help me with what I already have, I would
    greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
  2. Guest

    Analog Devices used to sell two digitally programmable delay
    generators - the AD9500 and the AD9501.

    You can do something similar by replacing the timing resistor on a
    monostable - like a 74121 - with a digitally programmable current
    source, which can be something like a PNP current mirror driven by a
    DAC, but if you knew enough to get that to work, you wouldn't be
    posting here.

    If you don't need the laser pulse to start immediately after you get
    the trigger pulse - and if it is coming from a computer, this seems
    likely - you can probably cobble together something like the ICM7250
    out of CMOS, using a 40103 programmable counter

    clocked at 10kHz to set the width. The resetting/triggering won't be
    any less complicated, but 40103 data sheet is fairly easy to read.
  3. Winfield

    Winfield Guest

    I'd start my thinking with the USB or serial ports. One
    common way to implement a simple USB interface is using a
    USB-to-serial converter chip, but from you perspective
    this just says there's two ways to get a serial signal,
    that needs a UART with uP to understand.

    Another approach would be to get a USB-to-parallel-port
    adapter, that would let you address the problem by using
    the 8 programmable bits of a parallel port. You can
    take three or four of these bits to address a multiplex
    IC, such as a '4051 or two, and select binary resistors
    to program a oneshot. That's be a simple linear way.

    Or you could use the 8 bits digitally, e.g., to setup
    the '40103 divider Bill Sloman recommended. DigiKey
    has many types of these very useful chips in stock.
  4. colin

    colin Guest

    you can get a reasonable pulse from the serial tx
    you have to give it the right character and buad rate to get the pulse
    and you can fine tune it by adjusting the buad rate too.

    ive done something wich used this method.

    Colin =^.^=
  5. PIC microcontroller.
    You'd have to learn to program one.

    Any other solution I can think of is hardware bloat.
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