Improving LMS6002 phase noise

Alexander Chemeris alexander.chemeris at
Sat Jul 21 15:28:51 UTC 2012

Hi Srdjan,

On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM, Srdjan Milenkovic
<s.milenkovic at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> As far as I am aware, you are currently discussing how to improve LMS6002
> PLL phase noise. Below are some inputs from my side which may help.

Yes, here are some pictures of phase noise we have at UmTRX right now:

It looks like they're 5-12dB higher then data I saw in your
temperature measurement report. First thought is that this could be
due to a clock source. Did you use your EVB board for those

> Apart from playing with PLL registers we have two additional options.
> 1. Use clean TCXCO which provides 4 times higher reference followed by
> divide by 4 to generate PLL reference clock. Recently, we experimented with
> 30.72*4 MHz TCXCO. Dividing its output by 4 before going into LMS chip we
> have got improvement of 6dB in phase noise plateau region.
> 2. Current PLL loop filter has been designed to cover the whole LMS
> frequency range hence using kind of mid value for Kvco. We can customize the
> loop filter for a particular band.

Well, we're working with GSM and it has only four main bands:
GSM-850:  824.2–849.2 UL / 869.2–894.2 DL
E-GSM 900:  880.0–915.0 UL / 925.0–960.0 DL
DCS-1800:  1,710.2–1,784.8 UL / 1,805.2–1,879.8 DL
PCS-1900:  1,850.2–1,909.8 UL / 1,930.2–1,989.8 DL

It would be great if we could optimize for the use in these bands

Alexander Chemeris.
CEO, Fairwaves LLC / ООО УмРадио

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