ADUM315x / ADUM3151 / ADUM3152 / ADUM3153 speedgrade question

Hello together,

I have a question concerning ADUM315x parts and speedgrade A and B:

In datasheet you can find the followoing information:

Later in technical description of the datasheet there are more detailed information;

So my question why is speedgrade A specified for 1MHz only? If glitch filter is the only difference between those parts maximum speed should be higher and not differ so much to speedgrade B. We have tested to clock ADUM3151

A with more then 1MHz (up to 5MHz) without having a problem in communication. In that case propagation delay is still smaller then clock frequency.

Anyhow we doubt to do that because when refering to datasheet we would operate the part beyond specification.

Could you provide some more information concering that issue? When using information provided in should be a problem to increase data rate a speed grade A type.

Thanks in advance


[edited by: intec at 10:41 AM (GMT 0) on 6 Feb 2019]
  • Hi Cristian, 

    The A-grade and B-grade are actually different. The SPI bus channels in the A-grade have a ~10ns glitch filter. In the B-grade, the glitch filter is removed from the clock, MOSI and MISO channels (the MSS channel has a glitch filter in both grades).

    There are two specifications that can limit the SPI clock frequency. I'll talk about just "standard" isolated SPI here, or where data is clocked out on the first clock edge, clocked in on the next clock edge, and the isolator is simply inserted into the bus... The first is the propagation delay. Half the clock period must be greater than 2x prop delay maximum. The second is the maximum data rate or min pulse width. Its the max data rate spec limiting the SPI clock frequency through the ADuM3151 A-grade. 

    Its not surprising that it can be operated at 5MHz. Its not a brick wall, but the PWD could be going out of specified ranges, and operation over the full voltage and temp ranges can't be guaranteed. So if the application needs to run at 5MHz, and it is not a very noisy environment, I recommend moving to the B-grade.  



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