Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Possible QSD/ISD Switches/ ADC Idea/Misc

QSD/ISD Switches:

Here is a link the PDF data sheets of analog switches that can be investigated for use in QSD/ISD circuits:


Interesting ADC:

Here is a link to an interesting ADC by Analog Devices:


It is a 24 bit, 2.5 MSPS ADC. Here is the circuit idea:


It uses 1/2 of a QSD (not quadrature sampled) to mix the frequency band of interest down to zero Hz with a bandwidth of something like 250 kHz. The IF would be offset to something like 125 kHz. The ADC samples the 1/2QSD output and results in a real data stream. A FPGA or CPLD mixes the real data stream with a complex NCO to generate a quadrature data stream which is sent over USB to the PC where the remaining processing is done. The advantage is a 1 X LO and no I/Q balance problems. One disadvantage is that your sampling rate should be 4 times the desired bandwidth. For narrow band applications this should be no problem because the AD7760 will sample up to 2.5MSPS. A 500 MSPS rate into the PC should allow a bandwidth of almost +/- 125 kHz from the LO frequency.

Nice SDR Enclosure?

Ken N9VV sent me a link to a cool PC case:



Alberto I2PHD said...

It is my feeling that it won't work... converting to baseband not in quadrature will irremediably mix together the upper and the lower sidebands, and no further processing will be able to separate them again...

Phil Covington said...

I think you are misundertanding the diagram. I am mixing to an intermediate IF within the 1.25 MHz passband of the AD7760, not to zero Hz. It is no different than mixing a 100 MHz signal down to 5 MHz and sampling with a 20 MSPS ADC. As long as the signal bandwidth you are interested in is less than half of the sampling rate, it will be OK.

Alberto I2PHD said...

Ok,then you are right. But maybe you should modify the opening sentence of your description, which says :
It uses 1/2 of a QSD (not quadrature sampled) to mix the frequency band of interest down to zero Hz with a bandwidth of something like 250 kHz.

From it one could understand that you are really converting to zero Hz, not at an intermediate IF.

Phil Covington said...

It actually does mix the band of interest down to 0Hz, but with a bandwidth of say 250 kHz, the IF would be offset at say 125 kHz in a similar way that the SDR-1000 uses an IF of around 11 kHz. Still I can see how the statement could be confusing.

Henning DF9IC said...

AD7760 would be an excellent choice. To improve its dynamic range further you should use it only in a suboctave frequency range, to have lower harmonics kept out which are responsible for the strongest spurii. I am working on such a project.

Pieter-Tjerk PA3FWM has used the 7760 in an experiment with a I/Q radio, see http://wwwhome.cs.utwente.nl/~ptdeboer/ham/sdr/#jun2006