X-mas Tree

As it is Christmas time and I wanted to do a simple, cheap and fun project, which works as a development board at the same time, I created this X-mas tree.X-mas Tree

The project features an USB capable PIC16F1549 µC with:

  • USB FS device
  • 48 MHz internal Oscillator
  • 2 PWM modules
  • 10-bit ADC with Voltage Reference
  • Integrated Temperature Indicator Module

The LEDs are connected to the 2 PWM outputs via N-mos drivers. A Potentiometer is connected to one ADC channel for controlling the brightness of the LEDs or possibly the speed or variation of animations. Different modes of the X-mass tree can be switched by pressing a push button.

Schematic / LayoutSchematic X-mas Tree

The schematic shows that the µC is directly connected to USB. This is definitely bad practice, as the µC has no ESD protection. In several other projects I used a SOT23-6 USB ESD protection diode array and sometimes two additional serial resistors.

A 500mA Fuse F1 was added to protect the PC or power supply in case of a short circuit our failure. This will be an important step, as the X-mas tree will be used for a soldering workshop for working students and  anybody interested in electronics hardware or embedded software at my new job at NavVis in Munich (therefore the NavVis logo on the PCB).

The Layout is designed for two different levels of soldering skills. It features a TSSOP IC, a SMD USB connector and some 0603 resistors and capacitors for the skilled and through hole LEDs for soldering beginners.

For more detail: X-mas Tree

About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.