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spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

If a spread spectrum oscillator is used to clock a DAC or an ADC, I assume that there will be some distortion or noise introduced due to the intentional clock jitter.  Is there a way of predicting the amount of additional distortion or noise if you know the spectrum bandwidth of the oscillator?

Thanks in advance,

RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

If you know the "pattern" of the oscillator, you can calculate the noise caused in the DAC (though my ability to do so without cracking open a lot of text books has long since passed).  Consider a single frequency being measured to get your head around it... for example, if it is spread across the frequency range as a Gaussian function due to the spread spectrum clocking, the noise will be, too.

Dan - Owner

RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

Are you familiar with using a phasor diagram for SNR analysis?  I expect if you translate your frequency variation into time (phase) variation you will get a reasonable noise estimate.  This technique is often use for phase-shift-keying (PSK) modulation.  

John D

RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

Some (most?) of the jitter may disappear in the clock dividers, if there's enough of them (for example: a 50 MHz system clock driving an audio I/O subsystem sampling at 48 kHz). The residual modulus of the low frequency clock's jitter might be relatively insignificant (being a fraction of a ns on a kHz clock).

But if the ADC/DAC is running at similar very high frequencies, them none of this would apply.  

RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) might give you better leads than PSK once you start searching for this.  

RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

Hmmm, if you guys were here with me, you'd see me giving you a blank stare.  Looks like I need to do a lot of reading to look up the terms that have been thrown out here.  

VE1BLL's point is interesting.  I was originally thinking that any divided down versions of the clock would have a similar spread spectrum range, but in thinking about it, it seems like every division of the clock will change the frequency distribution to be closer to the center. Is that right?


RE: spread spectrum oscillator clocking a DAC

Correct.  Consider this... every time you go through a clock divider, your clock's deviation from the "center" frequency will decrease.  Eventually (theoretically?), the deviation would drop to zero as you pass through enough dividers and you get to 1.

Dan - Owner

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