[sdiy] white noise from resistor?

harrybissell at wowway.com harrybissell at wowway.com
Wed Nov 5 15:04:12 CET 2008

Could be done... but I think you will find you need a whole lot of gain
and it will be hard to decouple, shield, etc to get the unwanted noise
level down.  I have seen a schematic for this to generate RF noise... but you
only get some 10's of millivolts of noise from it.  I would not go down this 
road myself.

Could you use some PIC micro to get pseudo-random and would that be good
enough ?  There was some thread on list about this...

H^) harry

On Thu, 6 Nov 2008 00:33:46 +1100, Paul Perry wrote
> I'm looking for a simple white noise source.
> The usual reverse breakdown transistor junction has a problem -
>  first, you need a fairly high voltage, and more importantly, level 
> and quality varies between transistors. In these days of very low 
> leakage & high input impedance op amps, could I get by with just 
> amplifying the thermal noise of a high value resistor? I know some 
> of the EEs here can set me straight on this one..
> paul perry Melbourne Australia
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