Phase noise measurements with the Koheron ALPHA250
July 08, 2018
We released a new FPGA design for phase noise measurements.
Using a Koheron ALPHA250, we compared the phase noise of 40 MHz signals from 3 different noise sources: a Red Pitaya STEMLab 125-14, another Koheron ALPHA250, and a 120 MHz signal generator (Keysight 33622A):
The higher phase noise of the Red Pitaya can be explained by the fact that the Red Pitaya DAC is clocked from a phase-locked loop inside the FPGA, instead of an external PLL.