[time-nuts] Good references to noise related subjects?

Dr Bruce Griffiths bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz
Fri Feb 2 07:40:03 EST 2007

Stephan Sandenbergh wrote:
> Hi All,
> My knowledge base on phase noise, low-noise design, noise figure, etc. is
> based upon many bits and pieces that I have gathered from many sources (e.g
> famous books like Motchenbacher, Pozar and the NIST Tech note 1337 as well
> as the internet and appnotes). However, each discipline has their own take
> on the subject (e.g RF guys - see it as noise figure and phase noise; time
> guys - talk a lot about Allan dev, phase noise, different noise types;
> electronic guys - talk about V^2/Hz, noise current, noise voltage etc.;
> Digital guys - go for jitter and the eye pattern etc.)
> I realize that all of this is actually the same thing from different view
> points (the view point being the one that is most convenient to the
> application). At the same time, I realize that a top view picture of my
> knowledge base might look like Swiss cheese with a few holes in it. Could
> anyone recommend some good books that provide a more comprehensive
> background on these topics?   
> Regards,
> Stephan Sandenbergh

For the latest stuff on phase noise theory for oscillators, mixers, 
frequency multipliers etc, AFAIK there are no texts that incorporate the 
cyclostationary noise extensions to Leeson's theory. Treating the noise 
of oscillators etc as cyclostationary allows reasonably accurate 
prediction of the (1/f)3 phase noise corner from the known 1/f noise 
corner of the active devices used and the circuit properties whereas the 
standard Lesson model cannot. This theory also indicates how to improve 
the phase noise floor of ring oscillators as employed in modern cpus. 
Intel and others have used these results to dramatically improve the 
performance of their ring oscillators embedded in their cpus.
Most of the relevant stuff for this is on the net. Probably best to 
obtain a good grasp of the classical theory before reading about the 
cyclostationary extensions.
A good introduction to the extended theory is given by:


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