[time-nuts] yet another GPSDO design, or so

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Wed Jun 30 01:35:54 UTC 2010


Ok, here's a BOM:

TI DAC8581	$1.85 each, two for 3.70
Linear LTC 2493 $2.95
TI LM4040C50	$0.36
Freescale MCF52254AF80 $4.38
Quad Op-amp	$1.00
Misc resistors and caps $3.00
Other semi's 	$2.00

Total $17.39 at moderate volume prices. Depending on your shopping approach likely less than $20 how ever you do it. 

That gives you a CPU that's massive overkill (USB, Ethernet, 512K flash, 64K ram ...), a 4 channel ADC, a not so great reference, and dual 16 bit DAC's with pretty good performance. Spend a weekend writing code. Lay out a board the next weekend. fab it up and let it self train.  Once you are done, you have a ~24 bit DAC with a 1 ppm or so INL. The linearity of your EFC is nowhere near 1 ppm, so INL isn't the measure you need to worry a lot about. 


On Jun 29, 2010, at 9:01 PM, jimlux wrote:

> Hal Murray wrote:
>>> or with a pair of current output DACs and a resistive divider/summer so  you
>>> have a "high order" and "low order" voltage. 
>> If it were that simple, the manufacturers would package it up into a single chip. :)
> And they do... hence delta sigma designs..
> Back in the good old days before big monolithic converters were available you cold buy a fast wide DAC that basically was a hybrid with 2 smaller DACs and a prom that was burned at the factory.
>> I think there are two areas of interest.  One is the obvious one that steps on the high-order DAC won't cleanly map into a constant number of steps in the low-order DAC.
> Yep.. but if  you're driving it from a CPU, memory is cheap...
>> The other is things like temperature shifts.  You have to work out the specs for both paths and take the worst one.
> It certainly isn't easy..
> But, if you need something that isn't readily available off the shelf (for one reason or another.. maybe you've got several thousand 8 bit DACs in your garage that you're dying to use... along with a well regulated power supply to run them all <grin>)
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