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AD96687 Designing

Hi Friends,
I am interested in one of your high-speed dual-channel comparator AD96687 and I would like to use it in one of our projects.
We are not using the Latching function. so as per the datasheet, the Latch Enable pin should be Grounded Right?.
Even after completing the datasheet, I don't have a clear idea of the latching operation of the chip.
Can someone help me in solving this?

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  • Now I see that you only need to disable the latch function. But I have a few comments about your circuit.

    To disable the latch function, it is enough to pull one of the corresponding inputs to the ground, why don't you use this? And if you want to pull it up to +5 volts, you need to limit the current flowing in. Applying a voltage higher than the ground potential to the logic input will cause a direct bias of the base-collector junction of the input transistor. This will result in a significant input current that may cause damage. And even if it does not cause damage, such a significant input current is not necessary for correct operation.

    ECL logic has high-resistance pull-down resistors at the inputs, so it is acceptable to leave the inputs floating. It's good.

    Do you use the output of the first comparator for control, but you don't use load resistors? The ECL logic outputs are an open collector, and pull-down resistors are required. This may work with internal resistors on the Latch Enable inputs, but you will not be able to take advantage of the high speed of this comparator.

    If you connect these outputs to the inputs with as short wires as possible, you can avoid the complexities of designing microwave lines. But for a quick recharge of parasitic capacitances, the presence of load resistors at the outputs is mandatory.

    If these resistors have a low resistance, say 50 or 75 ohms, it is advantageous to connect them to an additional power supply of -2 volts, to reduce the power dissipation. In your case, such low-value resistors are not required here, so it is possible to connect them to -5.2 volts directly. I would recommend a value of, say, 240 ohms. 

    Please tell me about the practical results.



  • Thank you for your time.

    I don't understand whether you mean one of the Latch Enable inputs or the Comparator inputs to be grounded to disable the latching operation.

    In the datasheet, it is said that we need to ground the Latch Enable pin to disable the latching operation. The ground is the ECL logic high state.

    I don't want to use the latching operation for my first compactor. So I connected the Latch Enable pin to +5V through a resistor since +5V is the logic high state and its complimentary pin is left to float. My ECL is swinging between +4.4V and +5V.

    I want the second comparator to be latched based on the output of the first comparator.

    I have found another chip ADCMP551BRQZ of Analog Devices with the same application and is PECL. Do you think this chip is more suitable for my purpose?.

  • Hi Shibin,

    Now this circuit seems much better to me. But you're talking about your ECL logic. Do I understand correctly that you want to use some special logic on discrete components and connect it to this comparator?

    Because if you were using a standard ECL series, you wouldn't be asking these questions. This connects directly to each other.

    First, please draw a more detailed circuit where these two parts are connected to each other:

    Because I'm confused.



  • I don't understand whether you mean one of the Latch Enable inputs or the Comparator inputs to be grounded to disable the latching operation

    The "lower floor" of the internal circuit of this comparator is the logical part. Here's what it looks like:

    You can see that the logic input ground is interpreted as a logic level because the ground potential is higher than the Vr reference voltage. I hope this will clarify something for you

    The positive supply voltage is used by the analog comparator circuit itself. I understand this intuitively. Unfortunately, the Analog Devices application engineers don't participate in this discussion and can't tell if I'm right or wrong.

  • Thank You for your reply.
    The ECL I am using is single-ended not a differential and my doubt is can I use PECL with AD9687.
    Also, I have seen another chip  ADCMP551BRQZ of Analog Devices. Can I use this chip for my application?.

  • my doubt is can I use PECL with AD9687.

    PECL and ECL are mirror images of each other. In principle, this looks possible, but you should move the AD96687 output signals up, above the ground potential.

    Obviously, your cryptic single-ended logic has logical thresholds. There is a maximum voltage that will be reliably perceived as a logical 1 and there is a minimum voltage that will be reliably perceived as a logical 0.

    You have given very little information, and so far I can't say anything specific.