AD9520-3 Phase Noise, Simulation vs Measurements


I am using AD9520-3 for clock generation on my custom board. Input reference clock is 10MHz OXCO output with -155dBc/Hz phase noise (PN) at 10KHz offset. I am setting AD9520-3 VCO to 1800MHz and divide by 2 to get 900MHz provided to channels. I am generating 90MHz and 100MHz CMOS clock outputs by using channel dividers.

In ADISimCLK program, it shows that with wideband loop filter, 90MHz output signal's PN value would be around -130dBc/Hz at 10KHz offset (I set the PN values of Ref Sources in ADISimCLK). However in measurements, PN is areound -120dBc/Hz. This 10dBc/Hz error is critical for my design. Using narrowband loop filter such as 3KHz is even worsening the PN value as AD9520-3 VCO PN becomes dominant.

What is the source of this 10dBc/Hz PN difference between measurements and simulation? What are the techniques to improve PN of AD9520-3 outputs? If there is none, is there any other IC which can be replaced with AD9520-3 which has better PN value at 10KHz offset and further?

Thanks in advance

Mirac Parlatan

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Apr 13, 2016 2:32 AM

    Hi Mirac,

    Is the 10MHz input a square wave or a sine wave? The latter is a "kiss of death" for good close-in phase noise. The only way to fix it is to get the input slew rate better, and the easiest way to do that is increase the amplitude if you cannot change the frequency.

    -Paul Kern