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LTC6602 input connection

Category: Hardware
Product Number: LTC6602


I would like to use LTC6602 as filter for IQ demodulator. My modulator is MAX2021, which has differential output impedance of 53ohms. My signal has maximum frequency 640kHz and I'm would use ADC sampling rate of 2MHz - 4MHz. I would need DC block for LTC6602.

I'm planning to use circuit from this thread:  LTC6602 input and output

Instead of DC coupled single ended input, I need to modify input for AC and differential. I would use LTC6604-2.5 for output.

My question is what is optimal input circuit of LTC6602 as my source is low impedance? According to datasheet Figure 12b, it is recommended to have 1.87k resistors for bias. If I connect MAX2021 directly before 0.1uF in Figure 12b, I would get double to voltage. Would that be recommended way to use LTC6602 for low impedance AC coupled loads?

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  • What does your input look like? is it from MAX2021 already? or you used a different signal generator? What's the exact amplitude and frequency of the input signal?

  • Hi,

    I did the test connection according datasheet:

    It looks ok.

    As output from MAX2021 is going to be 2Vpp I adjusted gain to maximum, LPF and HPF settings as mentioned before. If I terminate both inputs with 50Ohm, I can see this 4MHz common mode noise in outputs. Amplitude is about 30mVpp.This is without MAX2021.

  • Hello,

    Have you tried using the default RC stated on the eval board user guide? I think the default is 49.9ohm and 10pF.
    Unfortunately, LTC6602 have no available model on the web so I can't simulate your circuit.

    Also, can you try increasing the cutoff frequency to 247.05kHz by setting LPF1 and HPF1 to 1 just like the one on the table below? If you are using 100kHz input signal, the LPF might be attenuating/blocking it if you are using a cutoff frequency of 82.35kHz, maybe that's why you are seeing the common mode oscillations.

    Best Regards,

  • Hello,

    I have tried different things on output. Common mode noise is getting smaller if I increase the capacitance (cutoff is lower).

    Settings has some impact to oscillation seen in output. Default setting gives much better result. I doubt that input signal frequency has any impact, since I see this common mode oscillation without any input signal.

    My question is if it is expected to see some sub harmonics of clock in output? As there is no evaluation board available, I cannot do verification.