RE: [SI-LIST] : Conducted EMC Testing of PLL jitter

Zhang, Michael T (michael.t.zhang@intel.com)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 14:44:19 -0700

Ray,

In my experience, Vcc noise is one of the major contributors to a PLL's
jitter. In my study, the amount of Vcc noise was affected by decoupling
design (# of cap, cap value, package size, ferrite, etc.,) which in tern has
a strong effect on the jitter performance. It is not as scientific as your
approach of injecting noise onto the Vcc plane to understand the dependence
of jitter on Vcc noise. However, probably is more practical in terms of
coming up with better Vcc decoupling solutions.

Judging from the title of the message, are you trying to relate jitter to
conducted EMI? I did not have too much success correlate the two, at least
for radiated EMI.

-Michael "T" Zhang
Platform Architecture Lab (PAL), Intel Corp
(503) 264-2301

-----Original Message-----
From: Ray Anderson [mailto:raymonda@radium.Eng.Sun.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 1998 9:51 AM
To: si-list@silab.Eng.Sun.COM
Subject: [SI-LIST] : Conducted EMC Testing of PLL jitter

Perhaps some of the EMI/EMC savvy people on the list have
some comments and/or opinions on how best to couple an interfering
RF signal into the power planes of a digital board to accomplish
some EMC testing.

Basically I have a system (CPU's, memory, PLL's etc.) that
runs at a clock rate of several hundred MHz. I need to do
some tests to evaluate what effect noise on the power planes
over the range of ~DC to 1GHz has on the PLL jitter.


I would like to inject a signal (in the range of ~DC to 1 GHz)
into the power planes (up to maybe 200 mv p-p amplitude) to
see how the PLL handles the noise on it's power feed.


I have a broadband (10KHz to 1GHz) amplifier that can provide
an excitation level of up to 20 watts into 50 ohms.


We believe the system power distribution system (planes, bypass
caps etc.) looks like a broadband 50 milliohm (or less) impedance.


The question is: would impedance matching the 50 ohm amplifier
impedance to the sub-ohm plane impedance by means of a broadband
ferrite transmission line transformer be a prudent thing to do,
or is there another accepted way of doing this?


Any comments or suggestions on alternate ways of evaluating the
jitter performance of a system PLL in response to power supply
noise over a wide bandwidth would be of interest.

Ray Anderson

Sun Microsystems Inc.
raymonda@radium.eng.sun.com

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