[time-nuts] FE-5680A internal signal waveforms (60, 30, 10 MHz)

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Mon Dec 12 17:05:54 EST 2011


If you are getting 11 V p-p, I'd bet you don't have the 10 MHz output
terminated in 50 ohms.


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Subject: [time-nuts] FE-5680A internal signal waveforms (60, 30, 10 MHz)

I have two of the FE-5680A (FEI P/N 217400-30352-1) Rb references, and I'm
looking at the signals on digital side of the PCB inside, in particular the
Xilinx CPLD, that is the XC9572XL in a 64-pin package.  Here is a photo with
the signals marked:

pin 64 has a nice looking 60.00 MHz sine wave, I gather this is the input
signal to the CPLD.
pin 22 has a 30 MHz square wave, although it has some ripples (see scope
trace in same Picasa album)
pin 49 has a 10 MHz "square" wave but with a very odd shape. 

Pin 49 is the signal which is LC filtered (?) to become the 10 MHz sine wave
out on the internal J8 mini-connector, and the external DB9.  The signal is
about 3.3 Vpp, but becomes an 11 Vpp sine wave at the far side of a blue
part (inductor?) marked 2R2J.

The 10 MHz sine out on my unit has some noticeable amplitude noise, at least
a few %. Since I'm only using the signal as a digital clock, I prefer a
square wave, assuming the fast edge will give me lower jitter. A 200 MHz
Rigol scope reads a risetime of 2 ns on CPLD pin 49, but the waveform looks
so noisy and odd (see below), maybe I would be better off just squaring up
the output sine.  ...maybe if pin 49 was disconnected from the sine output
filter, it would be more square (?)


-John Beale

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