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App note: Low-cost circuit converts clock to low-distortion sinewave

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 in app notes by Ian

rsdio writes:  nothing beats a pure sine wave oscillator, except another pure sine wave oscillator at a similar frequency:

This circuit derives a pure sinewave from a crystal-controlled clock source by using a ring counter to remove the highest-amplitude unwanted harmonics, and filtering the result with an 8th-order lowpass, switched-capacitor elliptic filter (MAX7400).

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2 Responses to “App note: Low-cost circuit converts clock to low-distortion sinewave”

  1. Drone says:

    Another (better?) way to approach this may be to feed the clock to an up-down counter set to count up then down repeatedly; then feed the parallel output of the up-down counter into a resistive sine-weighted ladder D/A converter. Hmmm….

  2. rsdio says:

    @Drone. Excellent idea! The triangle wave generator would only have odd harmonics with amplitudes of 1/(N^2), one over N-squared, and thus it should be easier to remove the harmonics. A triangle wave’s amplitude would be frequency-dependent because less time results in a smaller count, but the SCF already has a fixed ratio between filter corner frequency and input clock, so it would be simple to require a fixed ratio between triangle wave frequency and clock. The counter would just need enough bits to handle the resulting magnitude.

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