Other Parts Discussed in Thread: LMX2491, LMX2572, LMX2492EVM
I have the part LMX2572EVM and want to make a sawtooth linear ramp signal from (3600 - 3650 ) MHz within 1 ms.
1st option: Using automatic ramping mode and setting " trigger next ramp" =TOC timeout. the Fpd=100Mhz, so it will ramp every 10 ns; thus, the incremental steps are 50000. each step will be 1KHz. the problem is that there is no flag for the start of each ramp, so it can be used as an indicator for my ADC board to determine the beginning of each ramp. Is there any solution to this problem?
- 2nd option: using manual ramping and using an external pulse clock to trigger for step increase at the rampclk pin with appropriate frequency. and another clock at the rampdir pin to control the ramping segments as indicated in the user manual. one of the external clock signals can be used as an indicator for my ADC board to determine the beginning of each ramp. The problem here is that it will be a complicated process.
3rd option: Using automatic ramping mode as the first option indicate, but this time with the setting " trigger next ramp" = trigger 1. using external clock signal at the appropriate frequency to start the starting of each ramp.
I have tried this, and it shows the output signal response at the spectrum analyzer according to the triggering frequency. The problem here is that I can't figure out how to determine the incremental step of the ramping at each rising edge of the triggering signal, when I increase the triggering frequency the bandwidth of ramping decreases and vice visa.
I need to determine the incremental step at each trigger rising edge, so I can know the bandwidth of the ramping signal.