DCM Jitter?

I had planned to generate an ADC clock from a DCM block in my VirtexII. I'm told the jitter on the DCM output clock is likely to degrade the ADC performance. The ADC clock is 56 MHz. The source clock will be 8MHz so I need 7x in the DCM.

Is the jitter really a major problem at 56MHz?

Thanks, Clark

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That depends upon YOUR application.

Get out an old envelope and do some rough calculations.

What's the fastest rise time of a signal you will be looking at? As an estimate, use the highest frequency sine wave at max amplitude.

How many pico-seconds does your clock need to be off in order to make a 1 LSB change in the reading?

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Hal Murray

Last time I checked, the jitter when using the CLKFX output was surprisingly large. I needed to multiply by 4X so I cascaded two DCMs together, using the CLK2X outputs, which had much less jitter. I don't know if CLKFX jitter has been improved since I last checked.



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The DCM won't work with an input frequency of 8MHz. The minimum input is somewhere around 24MHz.

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FCS, how many times does someone say this on here? If you use the CLKFX output you can use input frequencies down to 1MHz, as long as the output frequency is over 24MHz. The OP's system will work, but it'll be jittery. Use the jitter calculator on the Xilinx website to find out how jittery. cheers, Symsx.>

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Right you are. I assumed a couple of things here. One, that he needed this

8MHz input clock for the rest of the logic. Of course, you could use more than one DCM. No problems there.

Jitter for a CLKFX-only implementation is about 0.9ns from 8MHz to 56MHz. This would affect the SNR performance (due to aperture uncertainty) attainable by an otherwise good ADC. I assumed that this would not be acceptable and, therefore, the CLKFX option would not be available. I would choose to go with a high quality 56MHz clock and divide it down for internal FPGA logic, if required.

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Martin, Good points, your suggestion of using a good 56MHz source and a divided down enable for the 8 MHz functionality is the way I'd go too. Cheers, Syms.

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