[time-nuts] SMD TADD-1 distribution amplifier - seeking comments and suggestions?

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Tue Dec 22 14:45:18 EST 2015


Hi

Indeed, driving the device with a low noise (as in -175 dbc/Hz) OCXO does produce the expected -172 dbc/Hz
output. Checking either with a power splitter ahead of the sine to square conversion or splitting with logic gates
after the conversion yields a similar floor number. Close in noise is indeed higher than -175, but it’s still better 
than any source you can buy to drive the device.

Bob



> On Dec 22, 2015, at 2:07 PM, Bruce Griffiths <bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz> wrote:
> 
> Thanks, driving the input with a low PN OCXO is probably the difference, John 
> Miles used an HP8642 - not quite as low PN.
> The PN test set is supposed to reject the source PN as it drives both inputs 
> of the PN test set. However this rejection isn't perfect.
> I'll try driving a 74AC04 input directly (I have sufficient signal level for 
> this at the output of various low PN amplifiers). I'll also see if I can just 
> measure the output of a single gate using a pair of low PN amps to drive the 
> Timepod Channel0 and Channel2 inputs separately..
> 
> Deuterating the chip apparently reduces flicker noise more effectively than 
> simply using Hydrogen to terminate dangling Si bonds at the oxide interface.
> However I guess there's no easy way to determine if the chip was soaked in 
> hydrogen or deuterium?? Perhaps baking the packaged chip in deuterium might 
> help if the passivation and package are sufficiently permeable.
> 
> Bruce
> 
> On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 07:49:42 AM Bob Camp wrote:
>> Hi
>> 
>> To be very specific about the floor on the gates (as measured with a
>> TimePod):
>> 
>> 1) Clean 5.5V supply (max the part can rationally take).
>> 2) Input signal L network transformed to just below the protection diode
>> threshold (roughly 6V p-p) 3) Input signal to the power splitter is from an
>> OCXO so it’s pretty clean and does not have a lot of “junk” on it. 4)
>> Output is Tee network matched off of a pair of gates in parallel 5) Power
>> supply is clean, but nothing special (LT1764).
>> 
>> I believe there are plots in the archives.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>>> On Dec 21, 2015, at 10:20 PM, Bruce Griffiths <bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Do those modern CMOS gates use deuterated wafers?I've not found any
>>> measurements of the PN of modern CMOS gates.The measurements of devices
>>> like the venerable 74AC04 indicate a PN floor around 10dBc/Hz worse than
>>> that. Bruce
>>> 
>>>   On Tuesday, 22 December 2015 3:00 PM, Bob Camp <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> 
>>> To go through the whole deal a step at a time *assuming* that broadband
>>> noise is the only issue:
>>> 
>>> -147 dbm noise per Hz
>>> +10 dbm signal
>>> 
>>> => -157 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> half to AM, half to PM
>>> 
>>> => -160 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> ssb is already taken care of (noise on both sides if it’s broadband)
>>> 
>>> => -160 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> Now, assuming you have a modulation on the edge due to low frequency
>>> noise:
>>> 
>>> -147 dbm noise per Hz
>>> +10 dbm signal
>>> +0 conversion gain (might be less, rarely is more)
>>> 
>>> => -157 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> It all may go to PM so
>>> 
>>> => -157 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> It’s DSB (sidebands are coherent) modulation so
>>> 
>>> => -151 dbc / Hz
>>> 
>>> You could easily say that all of the stuff after the conversion gain
>>> number is just messing around. That would indeed be correct. All that has
>>> been done is to calculate a conversion gain for low frequency noise to PM
>>> as read by a phase noise test set. The main point is to illustrate that
>>> you may be *more* sensitive to low frequency noise than you might think.
>>> 
>>> =====
>>> 
>>> Biased CMOS gates are looking better and better … -175 dbc / Hz floor with
>>> a 7 dbm input …. :)
>>> 
>>> Bob
>>> 
>>>> On Dec 21, 2015, at 3:05 PM, Anders Wallin <anders.e.e.wallin at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>>>>>> AD8055 in non-inverting circuit with 1+2k7/2k7 gain has 9.6 nV/sqrt(Hz)
>>>>>> input-referred voltage noise PSD (if I calculated correctly..)
>>>>> 
>>>>> With +10dBm input the corresponding SSB PN floor should be  around
>>>>> -163dBc/Hz.
>>>> 
>>>> HI,
>>>> 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
>>>> 
>>>> what then? split half-and-half into AM and PN, and how to relate that to
>>>> the carrier power +10dBm?
>>>> 
>>>> thanks,
>>>> Anders
>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>> time-nuts mailing list -- time-nuts at febo.com
>>>> To unsubscribe, go to
>>>> https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/time-nuts and follow the
>>>> instructions there.
>>> 
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> time-nuts mailing list -- time-nuts at febo.com
>>> To unsubscribe, go to
>>> https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/time-nuts and follow the
>>> instructions there.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> time-nuts mailing list -- time-nuts at febo.com
>>> To unsubscribe, go to
>>> https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/time-nuts and follow the
>>> instructions there.
> 




More information about the time-nuts mailing list