From: Bob Lewandowski (Bob.Lewandowski@Vixel.com)
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 18:07:37 PDT
Hmmm, you didn't sound like the typical digital computer guy to me. Where were
you working on synth. and oscillators?
Ray Anderson wrote:
> Isn't the primary effect of noise ingress on the clock signal a bit
> different when the path of the ingress is via a power pin as opposed
> to via an output trace.
> If the noise gets into an oscillator or synthesizer via the power
> supply there is potential for the noise to modulate the circuitry
> both in amplitude and frequency/phase with the result on the output signal
> being some sort of degradation by some non-linear process.
> In the case of clock signal contamination when the impinging noise is
> picked up by a clock distribution transmission line, I'd be more inclined
> to expect a linear addition of the noise to the clock signal. The reverse
> isolation of the output driver serves to isolate the internal oscillator or
> synthesizer circuitry somewhat from effects of noise on the output line.
> Of course this is a lot of hand-waving theorizing because each case is
> a bit different, but in general I'd expect noise arriving via the
> power supply path to be more damaging as it's potential for inducing
> jitter and timing problems would be greater than the noise added
> more or less linearly by output trace contamination.
> These comments are anecdotal based on many years of designing
> communications oscillators and synthesizers for satcom applications,
> but I think the same end effect follows. Comments ?? Anyone know of any
> studies on the effects of clock degradation caused by different paths
> of noise ingress ?
> > Ellis,
> > Noise on the power pin of a device usually perturbs the output signal.
> > Such a perturbation may be significant, especially if the output is a
> > clock signal. In this context, if radiated noise impinging on traces is
> > a concern, my point was that the clock quality is affected more by the
> > noise picked up by the clock trace , than by the noise picked up by the
> > power trace of the clock driver.
> > Thanks,
> > Vinu
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