March 31, 2011 AT 12:38 am

Arduino Mega Oscillator seen with FET Probe

See the 16mHz Arduino Mega crystal on an oscilloscope. A Tektronics Active FET probe with 1.5pF loading is used to examine the oscillator of the Arduino Mega.

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3 Comments

  1. I remember probing my Arduino Duemilanove with my eBay probes on an HP54601B 100Mhz scope and seeing the 16Mhz signal. I must be lucky or something.

  2. Input loading on a standard 100mhz chinese probe is 16 to 20pF.
    That’s around the size of the pair of caps on the crystal and the
    clock driver is pretty robust. I looked at an atmega324p with
    a 20mhz crystal using a crap 10X probe and got a perfectly good
    sine wave on both XTAL1/XTAL2 pins. A FET probe is overkill
    for this application.

    Note that there is a "low power/full swing" clock option on the
    clock driver. Using the "low power" setting may not drive the
    crystal hard enough to tolerate the probe load and will cause
    other problems in the real (noisy) world.

  3. This can also be done with a number of simple FET circuits, no need to go out an buy an expensive probe.

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