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Subject: Re: Improving Rise/Fall times on Opto
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Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 22:27:29 GMT
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On 06 Dec 2002, you wrote in sci.electronics.design:
> "Sharpness of the pulse" was the only thing I read in the
> message that sounded like what he wanted to improve. You're right, if
> there is also a problem with the output pulse edge not lining up with
> the input pulse edge quickly enough, then improving the "sharpness"
> won't help the problem.
The propagation delay is of no real concern. Im driving the input to the
opto from an RC receiver via a switched current source to maintain the
LED current at a fixed value.
My real concern is the output swictching. Im using the emitter-follower
constructed to drive the input of an Atmel AVR MCU. Timing is quite
crictical because I am measuring the pulse-width of the input signal to
get a speed demand value.
The resolution I need across the pukse is about 8uS. With a rise/fall
timein the opto of about 2uS at best Im concerned about the point at
which the micro will switch at points when the input pulsewidth is
borderlining between each 8uS timeslice..this is my reason for wishing
the rise/fall to be as square as possible:) I also need minimal
component coun and least $$ too:) anyone suggest a better way given the
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