[sdiy] Using dual BBD chips for higher clock frequency

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Fri Jun 17 01:38:56 CEST 2022

> On 16 Jun 2022, at 23:11, Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com> wrote:
> You could add more BBDs in parallel and sum the outputs to reduce it again.

I think this is what's referred to in the SAD1024 datasheet. That chip was actually a dual 512-stage device, and one suggestion was to use the two delay lines in parallel for reduced noise. I don't remember the details. Could be that simply summing the signals gives you a +6dB boost in the signal, but not so much in the noise, or it could be that it recommended a differential signal. Can't remember, sorry. I found an "Archer"-branded version of the datasheet here which shows various possibilities:


> If lowest clock speed is 20k, you really need to be filtering out everything about 10k.

BBD datasheets generally recommend a conservative bandwidth of 1/3rd of the clock frequency, so 20K would be 6.67KHz. Poor, but much better than 3.3KHz!!

I totally agree that 18KHz filtering with 20KHz clock is not realistic. No practical filter is that sharp.


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