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AD9545 No Output

Category: Hardware
Product Number: AD9545/PCBZ (REV C2)
Software Version: Analysis | Control | Evaluation (ACE) Software Version 1.10.2671.1118

Hello everyone,

I am working on AD9545 evaluation board. I have configured the board to generate 60Hz signal. My input signal is PPS signal generated from signal generator. The Input is connected to REF BB. The input signal is recognized by the board as the REF BB LED is flashing on the ACE. I was able to generate the 60 Hz signal in the first test when I purchased the board. This is the second time I am testing the board. However, I could not generate the 60 Hz signal with the same configuration file which I saved from first test. 

In the fist test I was able to measure the output signal on oscilloscope using two probes with following output setting: CML/15mA/Differential.

In the second test, I can not measure the signal on oscilloscope with the same output setting, so I changed the output setting to HCSL/15mA/SE. The changed test setup is shown in the image below:

I changed the output termination in the above setting to try to conform with output termination requirement presented in the datasheet. 

The ACE configuration overview is shown in the figure below:

Can anyone help me to find out what's wrong with setup or the configuration? 

  • HI,

    I studied the photos and the cso file you provided. Here are my comments:

    - to set the outputs in CML mode, you need to set the P300, P301, P302, P303, P304 jumpers between pins 1 and 2

    - to set the outputs in HCSL mode, you need to set the P300, P301, P302, P303, P304 between pins 2 and 3 and connect a wire between TP307 and TP308, basically connecting VOUT_COMMON to ground as it was left floating in the board design.

    Make sure the 1Hz generator you use is a rubidium or Cesium based generator. Other generators are not precise enough. You say you saw REFBB LED flashing. This is not good. It should be stably green. Make sure the 1Hz is 1.2V CMOS. You may need ot take out resistor R319 because it creates a load onto the 1.2V CMOS and the clock may become not detectable by the AD9545. Put the scope probe on REFBB pin of the AD9545 at R319 to see if the high level is above 0.78V and below 1.38V according to the specification at page 12 in rev C data sheet.

    I created a cso file for you with the DPLL0 and DPLL1 set in internal zero delay mode to lock onto REFBB. I had to introduce an internal 1Hz embedded clock onto OUT0B and OUT1A for the DPLLs to function. See page 89, Caveat section in rev C data sheet for the reasons.

    I also set the autosync mode to immediate in Configuration Wizard. This will make the AD9545 to generate output clocks right away. You can change that later if you want otherwise. For now, keep it as such until you get the DPLLs to lock.

    I set the phase slew limit rate to 2^32-1=4,294,967,295 ps/s=4.3 ms/s, the max allowed slew rate limit, so speed up the locking time. After you get used with the DPLLs locking, change it to the right slew rate for your application.

    I left the phase lock threshold at 700ps. This may be too small for your case. You can increase it to 2000 ps (for example). Click Apply Changes button after you write the new value.

    I recommend changing OUT0A and OUT1B into 1Hz for fun and observe the REFBB with these clocks on the scope, to see how the outputs slew towards REFBB in the lock process. Then you can change the outputs to your desired 60Hz clock and 156.25MHz.


    Take out the txt extension before using it into the ACE eval software.


  • Thank you very much, your configuration worked immediately without making any change to hardware setup(jumpers were on default positions). It was all because of the configuration that caused unstable generation of signal from the board. With your configuration, everything is good every time I measure the output signal. I wish you a nice day.