[time-nuts] PLL Digital Loop Filter

Bob kb8tq kb8tq at n1k.org
Wed Mar 22 17:51:05 EDT 2017


> On Mar 22, 2017, at 7:50 AM, Attila Kinali <attila at kinali.ch> wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:45:24 -0400
> Bob Camp <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
>> 1) You need a way to digitize the phase input with adequate resolution. If 
>> you have a 1 second period and want 1 ns, you need a way to digitize at
>> a 1:1,000,000,000 sort of level. That’s in the 30 bit range so a simple
>> ADC isn’t going to do it alone. 
> That depends on how the phase difference is measured. If the whole
> measurement period needs to be encoded, then yes, the number of
> bits needed will make it difficult. But usually the input frequency
> range is limited, which allows to measure and encode just the difference
> between expected and actual arrival time of the pulse/edge. The integrated
> version of these PLLs (the ADPLL - all digitall PLL), if they have a
> real TDC, have only a resolution in the order of 7-8 bits (IIRC I've seen
> down to 4 bits). And then there is the class of those Bang-Bang PLL,
> which only encode one bit: early/late. Eventhough they are relatively
> crude and rely on the loopfilter to smooth things out, they perform
> quite well. 

We started out with an XOR that has a 50/50 duty cycle. An early /late
process only works if you run the outputs through an ADC and calibrate 
them to some degree. Then you are right back to a lot of resolution time wise.


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