ADF4371 with HMC1031/ADF4002, 20dB Phase Noise hit at 100Hz Foffset


I have an eval for the ADF4371 and I'm using an HMC1031 eval to lock the 100MHz ref to a precision 10MHz OCXO.  I am generating an 18GHz LO.  As seen here:

The problem here is measured PN at 100Hz offset.  With the on-board crystal reference PN @ 100Hz = -87dBc/Hz.  With HMC1031 PN @ 100Hz = -67dBc/Hz.

Notable design parameters:

- HMC1031 Loop BW set to 10Hz as outlined in the spec sheet page 12.

- 100MHz VCXO, CVHD-950, CMOS output

- The measure slew rate from the HMC1031/CVHD-950 better than on board 100MHz reference.

Thanks in advance!


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[edited by: aandrews at 4:14 PM (GMT -4) on 24 Sep 2021]
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  • Hi Chris,

    HMC1031 is dominating element for the 100Hz PN.

    When using ADF4002, it is possible that OCXO, VCXO and other elements are also contributing. CVHD-950 datasheet typical spec is -119dBc/Hz at 100Hz offset for 100MHz output. Can you please check the PN of OCXO? Did you model these components in ADIsimPLL when simulating your circuit?

    At these low levels supply noise may also affect the measurements.How do you power the ADF4002 and CVHD-950, are you using LDOs? Can you check with different bench power supplies? Is it possible to share the screenshot of your measurements?

    Regards, Kazim

  • Hi Kazim,

    I do not have an instrument that can measure PN of an OCXO.  So I rely on the measurements at RF to imply the PN at the reference frequency.

    I did model the 4002 in ADIsimPLL I can share if you would like to see it.  The SW shows -118dBc/Hz at 100Hz offset.  This would imply -72dBc/Hz at 18GHz.  This is acceptable if I could realize it.

    I am powering the ADF4002 eval unit from bench supplies.  I will try some other supplies and see if there is any improvements seen.  I will also share some screenshots of the measurements soon.



  • Hi Kazim,

    As seen below I was able to realize some improvement in PN performance of the ADF4002 by reducing power supply noise.  PN measured at 18GHz.

    PN plot:

    However, by implementing similar changes to the 1031 circuit I was able to improve the performance of that as well and it still outperforms the 4002.

  • Hi Chris,

    Using the battery as the supply is the best. Good to see that worked fine. It looks like the loop bandwidth of two setups are highly different.

    In HMC1031 measurement, the slope is 20dB/decade which is probably the PN of on-board VCXO. Then I would guess the LBW is very narrow, around 10Hz. Also I cannot see any filter corner for first loop, just a corner for ADF4371.

    On the other hand, the 10dB/decade slope indicates the 1/f noise of the ADF4002 and there is a corner around 5kHz which supposed to be the LBW. What is the simulated LBW in ADIsimPLL for ADF4002? What is the VCO gain that you used for simulation?

    Regards, Kazim

  • Hi Chris,

    Could you also please send your 4 writes to ADF4002 for the first setup too?