A programmable Local Oscillator has been provided for each Sampler Module available to COBRA. These have a fixed output power at nominally +15dBm and a variable frequency in the range 20MHz through 83.75MHz, in steps of 250kHz. They are all phase locked to the station 5MHz standard. The output power is designed to meet the requirements of the downconversion circuits in the samplers.
Communication is via RS-232 link between LO and Interface board. The RS-232 channel is handled by Microcontroller
The frequency range is delivered by two VCO's which are switched in by a relay.
Station clock 5MHz is delivered to each LO module via BLVDS on a backplane.
Please note that toward the lower frequency range, the second harmonic becomes obtrusive. It is expected that the hardware filters on the sampler boards involved will take care of this, so that no out-of-band noise is recorded.
Programming of these LO's is simply by means of the 8 bit words available in the Interface board connected to the COBRA Adlink boards. Each interface board communicates to two sampler modules, and two LO modules. There is one 8 bit word per LO.
|Frequency (MHz) = 20 + ( 0.250.n )|
Examples: For 20.00MHz, the code programmed is 0 For 83.75MHz, the code programmed is 255 d ($FF)
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The address table relating to each Interface Board/Adlink Card is as follows:
|Address $00||Presets for Sampler0|
|Address $01||Presets for Sampler1|
|Address $02||Presets for Interface|
|Address $03||Presets for Interface|
|Address $04||Presets for LO0|
|Address $05||Presets for LO1|
The address must be sent to the upper 8 bits of the PB word, and the programmed data to the lower 8 bits of the PB word.