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mobbarley:
Hi! The following excerpt is taken from microchips 125khz rfid reader reference design:




A 125khz signal is injected through the filter around L1 and current is pulsed through the main coil L2 creating the 125khz carrier signal.
Why is this a pair of transistors? Does C15 charge and then discharge through the coil on the other half of the wave form? I was hoping to drive something similar from a PIC's PWM hardware using mosfets, do I need this push pull arrangement? is it more efficient?

Thanks!

mobbarley:
Full app note: http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/devicedoc/51115f.pdf
Page 101 ' FSK Reader Schematic '

Simon:
what exactly are you trying to achieve. To simply drive something with PWM from a pic you just need one mosfet for the simplest setup and usually this is a logic level mosfet (IRL540 being a nice choice)

mobbarley:
I'm hoping to build a small RFID reader. I am trying to work out why the circuit uses this npn/pnp pair, as I have only seen this with used with +- power supply rails - I am assuming that it helps promote the resonance as L2/C15 are tuned to be resonant at 125khz. \
I was wondering if I could drive the coil with a single N-ch fet as you said, would it be less efficient? would it break the fsk conditioning (starts bottom left)?

Psi:
Maybe so pushing from gnd to vcc and pulling from vcc to gnd are both nice and fast.  If you had one transistor or fet then (depending which way you did it) one direction would use a resistor and wouldn't be as fast.

Being an inductor, L2 will try to oppose you changing the voltage on it, so you need a high current to force the change quickly. A fet pulling it low and a resistor pushing it high would result in the pushing being current limited by the resistor.

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