[time-nuts] Data collection cycle -- multiple sources to one counter?
Dr. David Kirkby
drkirkby at medphys.ucl.ac.uk
Tue Jun 21 06:46:56 EDT 2005
Brooke Clarke wrote:
> HI David:
> A PIN diode is great for switching RF frequencies above the diode's
> lifetime. But not so good at switching DC coupled signals.
> The FET type switches, like the MAX458 are designed for switching DC
> coupled signals.
> Have Fun,
> Brooke Clarke, N6GCE
Minicicurits have GaAs switches too, which are DC coupled. Some of them have an minimum isolation of
80 dB (100dB typical) in the range DC-10MHz, but work to 5GHz. But they only have SPDT. The SP4T ones
are DC-3 GHz and have a somewhat lower isolation. To get more than 4 positions, you would need to
I would have *thought* something that works to a high frequency (3~5GHz), must have a small area, and
so the delays repeatable. The MAX458 is speced to only 100MHz, and has internal buffers, so my guess
is that it would be less repeatable than a GaAs switch that works from DC to 3GHz. I'm only basing
this on eductated gueses, not practical measurements.
Many of the High Electron Mobility Transistors (or whatever you want to call them, as different
manufacturers call them different things), have maximum frequencies of operation well in excess of
20GHz. These are tiny so its hard to see how you could get much variation of time delay through the
channel. However, since they have high gain from DC to light, they can be difficult to keep stable in
low frequency applications.
I don't have shares in Minicircuits.
Dr. David Kirkby PhD CEng MIEE,
Senior Research Fellow,
Department of Medical Physics,
Mallet Place Engineering Building,
University College London,
London WC1E 6BT.
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