5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2015 2:17 PM by DaKn_263916

    PWM with Single-Shot

      I am attempting to generate some fast signals to control some leds (WS2812B driver for NeoPixel LEDs).


      I have decided to go with the PWM module on the PSoC 4 in a Single-shot Multi reload configuration. I also have PWM setup for 2 outputs, one for my '1' bit and one for my '0' bit waveform.

      • The '1' bit waveform reqires a ~850ns high time and a ~450ns low time (+/-150ns)
      • The '0' bit waveform reqires a ~450ns high time and a ~850ns low time (+/-150ns)

      Since the periods are the same i kept them on the same PWM module. Now, I added a multiplexor on the output to allow me to switch between the two waveforms and control a single output pin. The multiplexor is switched via a control register module, single output.


      The timing from PWM generator is spot on, the problem i run into is that the time to reload into the next bit pattern takes too long. The period of the PWM is ~1.3us and then there is ~5us delay until the next bit waveform is generated.


      Lastly, each LED is a 24bit RGB, so i need to generate 24x a combination of  '1' and '0' waveforms.


      I have 2 questions for this project:

      1. Is there a way to remove the delay (~5us) in between each signal being generated in PWM one shot mode? I only have a multiplexor on the PWM output. Once i re-trigger it should be really quick.
      3. Is there a better way to generate these waveforms (timer, counter, etc..) ?

      I was hoping to try a different way than just adding NOPs in a for loop.

        • 1. Re: PWM with Single-Shot

          I would suggest you to enter "neopixel" into the "Keyword Search" field at top of this page. There you will find some ready-made solutions for your problem.





          • 2. Re: PWM with Single-Shot

            Not sure why the trigger is taking so long, is it the latency of your generation


            of the trigger ? Is the trigger asynch to the period completion of the PWM ?




            Insofar as other aproaches, a registered LUT might be able to do it. If


            your duty cycle is fixed at ~ 33% thats a 3 bit counter LUT.




            If you google "WS2812B PSOC" you will see a number of hits, one at element14.com


            that is a PSOC 4 solution.




            Regards, Dana.

            • 3. Re: PWM with Single-Shot

              Another idea: the TCPWM module can hold two different sets of period / compare values, and you can select these with a pin. So if you set the periods to the same value but a different compare value, you can select with just a single pin how long the next pulse is (the switch happens at the next TC event).


              (The UDB_based PWM has a similar functionality

              • 4. Re: PWM with Single-Shot

                 Thanks all for the ideas.


                Dana, you got me thinking about how i am re-triggering the PWM module. I will take a look at it tonight. Also, the LUT approach sounds like a good idea too.

                • 5. Re: PWM with Single-Shot

                  Post your final solution, we would all benefit from that.




                  Regards, Dana.