PWM, not working properly, need advice!

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  1. bytraper

    bytraper Thread Starter Member

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    Bill,
    I took a video of the PWM... at the very beginning and end the triangle wave seems to go haywire. The squarewave is pin 7 and the triangle wave is pin 6


    http://youtu.be/Lpgv3nfWcho

    Hope this helps ?
  2. bytraper

    bytraper Thread Starter Member

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    I still can't figure this out... any help will be appreciated!
  3. shortbus

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    What is the load on your PWM? Is it a mosfet gate? If so it could be ringing on the gate back feeding in to your circuit.
  4. bytraper

    bytraper Thread Starter Member

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    No, it feeds straight to a driver IC
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    The waveforms look more or less normal to me. At the maximum and minimum duty-cycles you are going to 0% or 100% output with circuit noise causing some sporadic pulses. The "haywire" is likely from the oscilloscope sync. If you sync on the sawtooth waveform you should get a stable sync and will better see what is happening.
  6. bytraper

    bytraper Thread Starter Member

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    No, its not normal, where the pwm freaks out is where the mosfets or the driver blow up.
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    bytraper Thread Starter Member

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    Just to let everyone know what happened with this, there was no problem with the pwm, the error was completely mine.

    I made a really bad error that I didn't pick up on for ages. Floating inputs on the 5v rail cause random noise.... should have realised when I put my hand near it and it started to go wonky. Stupid, stupid stupid.

    Didn't see it on the schematic because I'd drawn it so compact.
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    Or as I heard it "Experience is what allows you to recognize the same mistake twice". ;)
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