[time-nuts] SMD TADD-1 distribution amplifier
csteinmetz at yandex.com
Mon Dec 21 16:52:08 EST 2015
>How is that calculated? I only get this far:
>9.6nV/sqrt(Hz) into a 50R load is 1.8e-18 W/Hz or -147.3 dBm/Hz
As I said on Dec. 18 in response to the original post, the in-band
(10MHz) noise is NOT the main problem with respect to AM and PM
noise. The main problem is the BASEBAND noise (near DC, say,
0.1Hz--10Hz). And the AD8055, as well as the MAX477 originally used
in the TADD-1, are absolutely horrible in this regard. Both of them
have noise densities > 1,000nV/sqrtHz at 10Hz (and even worse below 10Hz).
See my earlier post for a brief explanation of why this is so, and
how baseband noise is converted to AM and PM noise in the RF signal
band. There are also more in-depth explanations in the
archives. One search term you can use is "PM conversion."
For low AM and PM noise, you want an opamp with a noise density of
10nV/sqrtHz, or lower, *at 10 Hz*. The ADA4899, LME49713, and AD8010
are three possible choices (these days, there are many others, as well).
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