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PC Based Oscilloscope

        Now a day more and more experiments are now ‘PC Based’. Also conventional acquisition systems are very expensive.Since Portable PCs are now common and USB link is better solution than Other ports.Here we present an Oscilloscope using USB Port of the PC that operates up to 10Khz with ±16V input voltage

         The oscilloscope uses IC PIC18F2550 from Microchip as the main controller, which makes the oscilloscope compact as there is no need of additional power supply for the entire circuit board. The microcontoller has an USB2.0 compliant transceiver and a CPU running up to 12 MB/s.It has a 10Bit ADC module with up to 13- channel multiplexer.

  • A user-interface softwar  is used for output.
  • IC LF-353 is used as a voltage-follower.It is a JFET input opamp with an internally compensated input offset voltage.The JFET input device provides wide band-width,low input bias currents and offset currents.
  • IC MCP6S91  is an analogue programmable gain amplifier that is well suited to driving ADC converters and an analogue input to a PIC microcontroller.Two MCP6S91 programmable gain amplifiers make it possible to choose the input ranges for each of the two channels,by selecting a gain from 1:1 to 32:1.
  • Major advantages of the USB is the ability to drive 5V,100mA devices.All the data is transmitted on the D+/D- symmetrical pins of USB using a variable bit rate.The position of a resistor on D+/D- allows to choose the full speed (12 Mbps) and low speed(1.5 Mbps) modes.
  • A user-interface software written in VISUAL BASIC 6 used as user -interface unit.
  • PC monitor is used as the output unit. USB and User software are connected by driver software mcchp.sys.
  • All the data is transmitted on the D+/D- symmetrical pins using a variable bit rate. The position of a resistor (R13) on D+or D- in Circuit allows you to choose between the full-speed (12 Mbps) and low speed modes (1.5 Mbps).The VUSB pin may be used to pullup D+ or D- .Thepull-up resistor must be 1.5 kilo-ohms(±5%) as required by the USB specifications.
  • COMPONENTS LIST
    IC1 – PIC18F2550 microcontroller
    IC2, IC3 – MCP6S91 programmable gain amplifier
    IC4(A, B),
    IC5(A, B) – LF353 dual operational amplifier
    IC6 – ICL7660 switched-capacitor voltage converters
    Resistors (all ¼-watt, ±5% carbon):
    R1, R7 – 1-mega-ohm
    R2, R8 – 82-kilo-ohm
    R3, R9 – 33-kilo-ohm
    R4, R10 – 220-kilo-ohm
    R5, R11 – 150-kilo-ohm
    R6, R12 – 1-kilo-ohm
    Capacitors:
    C1, C2 – 2.7pF ceramic
    C3, C4,
    C5, C6 – 68nF ceramic
    C7 – 0.022μF polyester
    C8 – 150nF ceramic
    C9 – 10μF, 16V electrolytic
    C10 – 47μF, 16V electrolytic
    Miscellaneous:
    X1 – 4MHz crystal oscillator
    CON1 – USB socket (type-B) for PCB
  • Programming description: The program for the microcontroller is written in ‘C’ language.All operations are initiated by the host (the PC), which sends a 16-byte command.The first command byte determines the chip actions. The four possible actions are:
    1. Command 80h: Clears the EEPROMcalibration memory
    2. Command 81h: Receives parameters,and stores the gain-error compensation for the two channels.
    3. Command 83h: Initiates a zerocalibration sequence of the two channels.The two inputs have to be grounded.
    4. Command 85h: Initiates measurement of the input signals.
    The PIC software consists of eight ‘C’ program source files, 14header files
    and a linker file all under‘aquis.mcp’ project
  • REFERENCE: 1.Electronics For You December 2006
    2.www.wikipedia.org
    3.www.alldatasheet.com
    4.www.microchip.com
    5.www.electronicsforu.com
    Govt.
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Comments on: "PC Based Oscilloscope" (7)

  1. i need pic program

  2. can i get the pic program.itz emergency plz help me.can u tell me where i can get the mcp6s91 ics

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