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# Parallax Oscillscope Testing RC Oscillator Circuit

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edited December 2017
Anybody done this successfully?

Will post little 3 combination graph with frequencies.

4mz oscillator yields 1 million instruction per second.

I think we can get by with thousands of instructions per second. :smile:
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edited November 2017
Table 2.1

Cext

Rext Equals Average Fosc @ 5V, 25°C

20 pF

3.3 k 4.973MHz 27%
5 k 3.82MHz 21%
10 k 2.22MHz 21%
100 k 262.15 kHz 31%

100 pF

3.3 k 1.63MHz 13%
5 k 1.19MHz 13%
10 k 684.64 kHz 18%
100 k 71.56 kHz 25%

300 pF

3.3 k 660 kHz 10%
5.0 k 484.1 kHz 14%
10 k 267.63 kHz 15%
160 k 29.44 kHz 19%
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The graph lost it's formatting copy and pasting it.

You use a 20, 100 or 300pF capacitors with one of four resistor values.

Graph shows what frequencies they will yield.

Will report on some of the results.

Need to find out what type of capacitors to use first.
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edited November 2017
Keep in mind that the Stamp boot-loader code is written for the standard resonator. You can change that, but only after programming.

A long time ago, Scott Edwards built a little BS1 board that had 4- and 8MHz (I think, could have been 16) resonators with a jumper for selecting which would be used. There are practical problems because the code for the BS1 was designed for 4MHz; debugging to the PC must be done at these speed. Once a program was debugged, though, you could change the jumper and get 2x or 4x speed -- you just had to account for this in your program.

For example
PAUSE 100

would only create a delay of 25ms if a 16MHz resonator was connected.

This is one of those things Chip "fixed" in the Propeller; the download process doesn't use the crystal (if connected) speed or PLL; downloading is done using an internal RC oscillator circuit.
Jon McPhalen
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edited November 2017
Jon

That's a coincidence you mentioning 8, 12 and 16 Mhz osillators.

Those are on our list. Plus a 20 Mhz to really hotrod the little chip.

Those are the ones Futurlec carries. We had to settle for a 3. something this order. No 4 Mhz.

Those are oscillators in a can. 4 lead.

Here is formula for RC circuit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RC_time_constant

I will get the TI 83 Silver out and do one calculation.

Then guesstimate the rest. :smile:
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edited December 2017

Installed this software by itself on another computer.

Having 3 Parallax oscilloscope programs on one system was snarling things.

The 5.11 version. The 4.0 says it matched our oscilloscope text but would not install.

Still working on program to test this.Simple LED program but there are some holdups.

Double checked wiring of 3 pin oscillator and it looks right.

Switched to a 3 pin for now.Need to get more resistors and capacitors.
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