App Note/Tutorial series; Managing Noise in the Signal Chain

August 08, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Maxim Integrated has published as an application note, an article series based on one that first appeared at EDN in 2013; Managing Noise in the Signal Chain, Part 1: Annoying Semiconductor Noise, Preventable or Inescapable? Accompanying it are parts 2 and 3 of the article series, with abstracts below;

Generally speaking, noise is any electrical phenomenon that is unwelcome in an electrical system. This article is the first of a three-part series about noise in the signal chain. Here we focus on the internal sources of noise found in all semiconductor devices: thermal, shot, avalanche, flicker, and popcorn noise. A procedure to estimate noise voltage will be given along with an example. Finally, a free calculator is presented that aids in estimating noise under conditions that are not specified in a device data sheet.

Maxim tutorial 5664; www.maximintegrated.com/en/app-notes/index.mvp/id/5664

Managing Noise in the Signal Chain, Part 2: Noise and Distortion in Data Converters;

Data converters incorporate the common semiconductor noise sources such as, shot, avalanche, flicker, and popcorn noise. In addition, real data converter systems have errors that include quantisation, clock jitter, channel linearity, and bandwidth. Practical use of industry data sheets demonstrated to determine what system specifications can be achieved. Design tools that aid in the analysis of these parameters, and constructive ways to control and reduce other system noise elements are presented.

Maxim tutorial 5665; www.maximintegrated.com/en/app-notes/index.mvp/id/5665

Selecting the Best Data Converter for a Given Noise Budget: Part 3;

The practical use of industry data sheets is demonstrated to determine what system specifications can be achieved, in the presence of system errors, such as data-converter quantisation, clock jitter, channel nonlinearity, and input- and output-referred noise. Design tools that aid in the analysis of these parameters, and constructive ways to control and reduce other system noise elements are highlighted.

Maxim tutorial 5666; www.maximintegrated.com/en/app-notes/index.mvp/id/5666