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Old 10th October 2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Hi,

What do you think about the Silabs Silabs Si841x series isolators (<10nsec propagation delay) plus the MAX 15024 Driver (<20nsec propagation delay, 4A peak)?
Or the Silab 8233/34 integrated solution (it has some more delay, like 50 nsec)?

Tamas Tako

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Old 10th October 2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Digital isolators have a huge jitter, they make significant noise. 5 ns-> -66 dB noise in open loop, approximately -80...-90 dB in closed loop.
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Old 10th October 2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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pafi,

Please explain how 5ns of jitter causes -66db of noise. What PWM frequency and closed loop bandwidth are you assuming in you calculations?

Rick
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Old 10th October 2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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Rick!

2.5us=0dB, 5ns=-54 dB, but the hearable part is ~12 dB lower (400kHz/20kHz, linear power distribution). Maybe 6 dB lower or higher, it doesn't matter, it's too much all the way.

I didn't care closed loop bandwidth. The gain of the closed loop (at ~10 kHz) is what counts. (It's a simplification, I know, but it doesn't worth the effort of the exact calculations.)
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Old 11th October 2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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Dear Pafi,

If I remember correctly, the jitter of this particular type is below 1nsec, in fact I think I've read somewhere its 250 picosec......

So, do you still think it is a bad solution?

Thanks,

Tamas
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Old 11th October 2009, 09:54 AM   #6
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Tamás!

I think this specification can be misleading, they measured it with a single constant freq, but I'm quite sure that at different freqs (or pulse widths) the delay is different. (RF modulation freq is only 700 MHz, that's the source of my doubts.) I think this is the relevant specification:

"Precise timing (typical)
1.5 ns pulse width distortion"

But try it in a simple circuit! Maybe I'm wrong.

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