I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working on, but I can't continue that thread. The circuit is using a PLL to generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of the input clock. The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at the same rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data in the FIFO while driving the output which is an interleave circuit. So the output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input clock and the PLL must maintain a zero phase relationship (long term) between the input clock and the divided down output clock in order to keep amount of data in the FIFO constant. The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the phase comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock makes it count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count down. If both occur during a given system clock cycle, the count is held as it is when there are no leading edges. From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator in the analog world. I guess it works the same in the digital world too. The filter I am using is an integrator added to a proportional (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO. The NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave circuit. The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocks to pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other values and they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more before settling. I picked the values that seem to give me quick settling and track an input frequency change well without a lot of oscillation. All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very close to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. But a DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. The question is, how do I include the rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? Or is this not the right way to approach it? Rick

# All Digital PLL Design

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On May 29, 6:15�pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote:> I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working on, > but I can't continue that thread. �The circuit is using a PLL to > generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of the > input clock. �The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at the same > rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data in the FIFO > while driving the output which is an interleave circuit. �So the > output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input clock and the PLL > must maintain a zero phase relationship (long term) between the input > clock and the divided down output clock in order to keep amount of > data in the FIFO constant. > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the > phase comparator. �The the leading edge of the input clock makes it > count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count > down. �If both occur during a given system clock cycle, the count is > held as it is when there are no leading edges. > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator > in the analog world. �I guess it works the same in the digital world > too. �The filter I am using is an integrator added to a proportional > (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO.�The> NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave > circuit. �The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocks to > pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path > and B=1/128 for the integrator output. �I also tried other values and > they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more > before settling. �I picked the values that seem to give me quick > settling and track an input frequency change well without a lot of > oscillation. > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > close to it at 0.999...,0. �It would appear that the zero is > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. �But a > DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. �The question is, how doI> include the rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? �Or is this > not the right way to approach it? > > RickFirst clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, i.e. is it an NCO or a VCO with a real control voltage? The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or NCO) and the gain of the phase detector. Since the VCO generates a frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination produces a pole at DC or an integrator. Mark

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On May 29, 6:35�pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote:> On May 29, 6:15�pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working on, > > but I can't continue that thread. �The circuit is using a PLL to > > generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of the > > input clock. �The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at the same > > rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data in the FIFO > > while driving the output which is an interleave circuit. �So the > > output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input clock and the PLL > > must maintain a zero phase relationship (long term) between the input > > clock and the divided down output clock in order to keep amount of > > data in the FIFO constant. > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the > > phase comparator. �The the leading edge of the input clock makes it > > count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count > > down. �If both occur during a given system clock cycle, the countis> > held as it is when there are no leading edges. > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator > > in the analog world. �I guess it works the same in the digitalworld> > too. �The filter I am using is an integrator added to aproportional> > (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO.�The> > NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave > > circuit. �The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocksto> > pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path > > and B=1/128 for the integrator output. �I also tried other valuesand> > they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more > > before settling. �I picked the values that seem to give me quick > > settling and track an input frequency change well without a lot of > > oscillation. > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > > close to it at 0.999...,0. �It would appear that the zero is > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. �Buta> > DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. �The question is, how doI> > include the rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? �Or is this > > not the right way to approach it? > > > Rick > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, > i.e. is it an NCO �or a VCO with a real control voltage? > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or NCO) > and the gain of the phase detector. �Since the VCO generates a > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. > > MarkAll digital as in an FPGA. No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO. I was mistaken when I used the term NCO. There is also an integrator in the filter. The filter integrator is necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where exactly is this DC determined? Are you referring to a DC input as in 0 Hz? I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. Am I missing something? Rick

Posted by ●May 29, 2009

On May 29, 6:53�pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote:> On May 29, 6:35�pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: > > > > > On May 29, 6:15�pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working on, > > > but I can't continue that thread. �The circuit is using a PLL to > > > generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of the > > > input clock. �The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at thesame> > > rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data in the FIFO > > > while driving the output which is an interleave circuit. �So the > > > output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input clock and the PLL > > > must maintain a zero phase relationship (long term) between the input > > > clock and the divided down output clock in order to keep amount of > > > data in the FIFO constant. > > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the > > > phase comparator. �The the leading edge of the input clock makesit> > > count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count > > > down. �If both occur during a given system clock cycle, the countis> > > held as it is when there are no leading edges. > > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator > > > in the analog world. �I guess it works the same in the digitalworld> > > too. �The filter I am using is an integrator added to aproportional> > > (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO.�The> > > NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave > > > circuit. �The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocksto> > > pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. > > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path > > > and B=1/128 for the integrator output. �I also tried other valuesand> > > they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more > > > before settling. �I picked the values that seem to give me quick > > > settling and track an input frequency change well without a lot of > > > oscillation. > > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. �It would appear that the zero is > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. �Buta> > > DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. �The question is, howdo I> > > include the rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? �Or isthis> > > not the right way to approach it? > > > > Rick > > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, > > i.e. is it an NCO �or a VCO with a real control voltage? > > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or NCO) > > and the gain of the phase detector. �Since the VCO generates a > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. > > > Mark > > All digital as in an FPGA. �No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO.�I was> mistaken when I used the term NCO.what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and a Digitally-Controlled Oscillator?> There is also an integrator in the filter. �The filter integrator is > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero.but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO.> When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where > exactly is this DC determined? �Are you referring to a DC input as in > 0 Hz? �I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. �Am I missing > something?i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, please lemme spell it out: 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to the input control paramenter. 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. that means if you are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a result which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional to that phase difference. 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and whatever other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might want to put some hard limiting in there or something else to help you hunt and lock when the frequencies are widely different). because in a discrete-time system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay (we only know the previous output values to be used in the computation of the current input, we cannot know the current output for the current input), then there is necessarily a delay element in that feedback LTI system *must* have an overall 1/z factor in it. 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in the PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and another delay (1/z) in the loop. that cannot be avoided. now, if you choose to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but your loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. dunno if any of this is helpful. r b-j

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

On Fri, 29 May 2009 15:15:38 -0700, rickman wrote:> The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the phase > comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock makes it count up > and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count down. If both > occur during a given system clock cycle, the count is held as it is when > there are no leading edges. > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator > in the analog world. I guess it works the same in the digital world > too.It's *not* bang-bang. Consider the case of frequency lock with a phase offset: the output of the phase detector will be an integer, but the time average of the output can sit between two integers. Indeed, it will be linear and capable of resolving tiny phase differences, more so than an analog phase detector (which will always have /some/ non-linearity). It is quite reasonable to consider the average of the output because the phase detector is always followed by a (lowpass-ish) loop filter and an integrator (the vco or nco), and the loop bandwidth will usually be orders of magnitude less than the phase comparison frequency. Example: the input clock leads the feedback by pi radians. The output will be a square wave with a 50% duty cycle, giving it an average value of 1/2. BTW, I've always put a clipper on the output of the phase detector (which is actually done by not letting the counter wrap around). The clip level should be symmetric (e.g. +/- x). When locked, the output will usually be in the range -1 to +1 anyway, and the clipping helps prevent loop filter windup during initial acquisition, although it does limit the frequency slew rate.> The filter I am using is an integrator added to a proportional > (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO. The > NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave > circuit. The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocks to > pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path > and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other values and > they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more before > settling. I picked the values that seem to give me quick settling and > track an input frequency change well without a lot of oscillation.My experience here has been that it can be difficult to achieve good performance by experiment, even though there are only two independent variables (the gain and the zero location, which can be transformed into or from your A and B gains). My approach has been to decide what performance I want, work out where the closed loop poles and zero have to be from that, then work out the various gains. Then test. Assuming I have adequate word widths everywhere (to avoid accidental clipping), it will test the way I expect first time.> All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very close > to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is stabilizing the > pole and frequencies other than very near DC. But a DC input is > stabilized by the overall loop. The question is, how do I include the > rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? Or is this not the right > way to approach it?If you use the averaging approximation to the phase detector, you might as well go the whole way and ignore sampling effects altogether and use the Laplace transform instead of the Z transform. This will give you accurate results provided that the sampling rate is high enough with respect to your loop bandwidth. The loop analysis should take you about as long as it's taken me to write this news posting. I guess the trick is to work out which parts must be calculated exactly, and which parts can be handled with a simple (e.g. linearity or continuous time) approximation. This only comes with experience, and I suspect you already have that experience. Other things you might like to consider: The "error gain". This is the transfer function from the input phase (jitter) to the error phase (being the difference between the input phase and the feedback phase). Since the error phase determines FIFO depth, you can work out whether your FIFO will overflow based on input phase transients, etc. Regards, Allan

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

On May 29, 10:58 pm, robert bristow-johnson <r...@audioimagination.com> wrote:> On May 29, 6:53 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > > > On May 29, 6:35 pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: > > > > On May 29, 6:15 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working on, > > > > but I can't continue that thread. The circuit is using a PLL to > > > > generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of the > > > > input clock. The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at the same > > > > rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data in the FIFO > > > > while driving the output which is an interleave circuit. So the > > > > output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input clock and the PLL > > > > must maintain a zero phase relationship (long term) between the input > > > > clock and the divided down output clock in order to keep amount of > > > > data in the FIFO constant. > > > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as the > > > > phase comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock makes it > > > > count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock makes it count > > > > down. If both occur during a given system clock cycle, the count is > > > > held as it is when there are no leading edges. > > > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase comparator > > > > in the analog world. I guess it works the same in the digital world > > > > too. The filter I am using is an integrator added to a proportional > > > > (each with gain factors) to produce the step size fed to the NCO. The > > > > NCO produces a clock enable on overflow which feeds the interleave > > > > circuit. The interleave circuit returns N-1 out of every N clocks to > > > > pull data out of the FIFO and feedback to the PLL. > > > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional path > > > > and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other values and > > > > they are all stable, but some settle faster and others ring more > > > > before settling. I picked the values that seem to give me quick > > > > settling and track an input frequency change well without a lot of > > > > oscillation. > > > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is > > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. But a > > > > DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. The question is, how do I > > > > include the rest of the loop in a z-transform analysis? Or is this > > > > not the right way to approach it? > > > > > Rick > > > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, > > > i.e. is it an NCO or a VCO with a real control voltage? > > > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or NCO) > > > and the gain of the phase detector. Since the VCO generates a > > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination > > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. > > > > Mark > > > All digital as in an FPGA. No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO. I was > > mistaken when I used the term NCO. > > what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and > a Digitally-Controlled Oscillator?I didn't think there was any, but it was explained to me that an NCO has the lookup table to generate a sine/cosine output while a DCO just provides either the upper bit to generate a square wave, or the carry out to generate a one pulse per roll over. I used to use them interchangeably, but I found this difference documented somewhere on the web, so it must be true.> > There is also an integrator in the filter. The filter integrator is > > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. > > but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO.Yes, I wasn't trying to say this was different, just to get the terminology correct. He was asking if it was a hardware VCO or something else.> > When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where > > exactly is this DC determined? Are you referring to a DC input as in > > 0 Hz? I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not > > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. Am I missing > > something? > > i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, > please lemme spell it out: > > 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to > the input control paramenter. > > 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. that means if > you are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the > frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. > > 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to > the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a > result which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional > to that phase difference. > > 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and > whatever other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might > want to put some hard limiting in there or something else to help you > hunt and lock when the frequencies are widely different). because in > a discrete-time system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay > (we only know the previous output values to be used in the computation > of the current input, we cannot know the current output for the > current input), then there is necessarily a delay element in that > feedback LTI system *must* have an overall 1/z factor in it. > > 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in > the PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and > another delay (1/z) in the loop. that cannot be avoided. now, if you > choose to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but > your loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. > > dunno if any of this is helpful. > > r b-jThanks for the info. I am aware of everything you wrote. I just am having trouble doing the math for it. My "filter" only needs an integrator which will allow the error signal out of the phase detector to become zero for any given frequency input. But this is not a stable configuration. I added a proportional feedback which helps to stabilize the loop. I can analyze the filter, but I'm not clear on how to analyze the entire loop. Rick

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

On Fri, 29 May 2009 21:57:44 -0700, rickman wrote:> On May 29, 10:58 pm, robert bristow-johnson <r...@audioimagination.com> > wrote: >> On May 29, 6:53 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >> >> >> > On May 29, 6:35 pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: >> >> > > On May 29, 6:15 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >> > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working >> > > > on, but I can't continue that thread. The circuit is using a PLL >> > > > to generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of >> > > > the input clock. The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at >> > > > the same rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data >> > > > in the FIFO while driving the output which is an interleave >> > > > circuit. So the output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input >> > > > clock and the PLL must maintain a zero phase relationship (long >> > > > term) between the input clock and the divided down output clock >> > > > in order to keep amount of data in the FIFO constant. >> >> > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as >> > > > the phase comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock >> > > > makes it count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock >> > > > makes it count down. If both occur during a given system clock >> > > > cycle, the count is held as it is when there are no leading >> > > > edges. >> >> > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase >> > > > comparator in the analog world. I guess it works the same in the >> > > > digital world too. The filter I am using is an integrator added >> > > > to a proportional (each with gain factors) to produce the step >> > > > size fed to the NCO. The NCO produces a clock enable on overflow >> > > > which feeds the interleave circuit. The interleave circuit >> > > > returns N-1 out of every N clocks to pull data out of the FIFO >> > > > and feedback to the PLL. >> >> > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional >> > > > path and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other >> > > > values and they are all stable, but some settle faster and others >> > > > ring more before settling. I picked the values that seem to give >> > > > me quick settling and track an input frequency change well >> > > > without a lot of oscillation. >> >> > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- >> > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very >> > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is >> > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. >> > > > But a DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. The question >> > > > is, how do I include the rest of the loop in a z-transform >> > > > analysis? Or is this not the right way to approach it? >> >> > > > Rick >> >> > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, >> > > i.e. is it an NCO or a VCO with a real control voltage? >> >> > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or >> > > NCO) and the gain of the phase detector. Since the VCO generates a >> > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination >> > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. >> >> > > Mark >> >> > All digital as in an FPGA. No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO. I was >> > mistaken when I used the term NCO. >> >> what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and a >> Digitally-Controlled Oscillator? > > I didn't think there was any, but it was explained to me that an NCO has > the lookup table to generate a sine/cosine output while a DCO just > provides either the upper bit to generate a square wave, or the carry > out to generate a one pulse per roll over. I used to use them > interchangeably, but I found this difference documented somewhere on the > web, so it must be true. > > >> > There is also an integrator in the filter. The filter integrator is >> > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. >> >> but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO. > > Yes, I wasn't trying to say this was different, just to get the > terminology correct. He was asking if it was a hardware VCO or > something else. > > >> > When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where >> > exactly is this DC determined? Are you referring to a DC input as in >> > 0 Hz? I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not >> > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. Am I missing >> > something? >> >> i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, >> please lemme spell it out: >> >> 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to >> the input control paramenter. >> >> 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. that means if you >> are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the >> frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. >> >> 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to >> the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a result >> which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional to that >> phase difference. >> >> 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and whatever >> other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might want to put >> some hard limiting in there or something else to help you hunt and lock >> when the frequencies are widely different). because in a discrete-time >> system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay (we only know the >> previous output values to be used in the computation of the current >> input, we cannot know the current output for the current input), then >> there is necessarily a delay element in that feedback LTI system *must* >> have an overall 1/z factor in it. >> >> 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in the >> PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and another >> delay (1/z) in the loop. that cannot be avoided. now, if you choose >> to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but your >> loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. >> >> dunno if any of this is helpful. >> >> r b-j > > Thanks for the info. I am aware of everything you wrote. I just am > having trouble doing the math for it. My "filter" only needs an > integrator which will allow the error signal out of the phase detector > to become zero for any given frequency input. But this is not a stable > configuration. I added a proportional feedback which helps to stabilize > the loop. I can analyze the filter, but I'm not clear on how to analyze > the entire loop.Rick, can you clarify something please? Are you having a problem with the algebra, or are you having a problem with modelling the design? By "the algebra" I mean turning the transfer functions of the various parts (loop filter, nco, etc.) into a transfer function of the entire system. By "modelling the design", I mean turning your implementation of the various parts (e.g. adders, counters, accumulators, etc.) into transfer functions. If you haven't done this before, it may not be immediately obvious how to work out something like Kv for your NCO or the phase detector gain. Thanks, Allan

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

On May 30, 5:13 am, Allan Herriman <allanherri...@hotmail.com> wrote:> On Fri, 29 May 2009 21:57:44 -0700, rickman wrote: > > On May 29, 10:58 pm, robert bristow-johnson <r...@audioimagination.com> > > wrote: > >> On May 29, 6:53 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > >> > On May 29, 6:35 pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: > > >> > > On May 29, 6:15 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > >> > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working > >> > > > on, but I can't continue that thread. The circuit is using a PLL > >> > > > to generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of > >> > > > the input clock. The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at > >> > > > the same rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data > >> > > > in the FIFO while driving the output which is an interleave > >> > > > circuit. So the output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the input > >> > > > clock and the PLL must maintain a zero phase relationship (long > >> > > > term) between the input clock and the divided down output clock > >> > > > in order to keep amount of data in the FIFO constant. > > >> > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as > >> > > > the phase comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock > >> > > > makes it count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock > >> > > > makes it count down. If both occur during a given system clock > >> > > > cycle, the count is held as it is when there are no leading > >> > > > edges. > > >> > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase > >> > > > comparator in the analog world. I guess it works the same in the > >> > > > digital world too. The filter I am using is an integrator added > >> > > > to a proportional (each with gain factors) to produce the step > >> > > > size fed to the NCO. The NCO produces a clock enable on overflow > >> > > > which feeds the interleave circuit. The interleave circuit > >> > > > returns N-1 out of every N clocks to pull data out of the FIFO > >> > > > and feedback to the PLL. > > >> > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional > >> > > > path and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other > >> > > > values and they are all stable, but some settle faster and others > >> > > > ring more before settling. I picked the values that seem to give > >> > > > me quick settling and track an input frequency change well > >> > > > without a lot of oscillation. > > >> > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > >> > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > >> > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is > >> > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. > >> > > > But a DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. The question > >> > > > is, how do I include the rest of the loop in a z-transform > >> > > > analysis? Or is this not the right way to approach it? > > >> > > > Rick > > >> > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, > >> > > i.e. is it an NCO or a VCO with a real control voltage? > > >> > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or > >> > > NCO) and the gain of the phase detector. Since the VCO generates a > >> > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination > >> > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. > > >> > > Mark > > >> > All digital as in an FPGA. No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO. I was > >> > mistaken when I used the term NCO. > > >> what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and a > >> Digitally-Controlled Oscillator? > > > I didn't think there was any, but it was explained to me that an NCO has > > the lookup table to generate a sine/cosine output while a DCO just > > provides either the upper bit to generate a square wave, or the carry > > out to generate a one pulse per roll over. I used to use them > > interchangeably, but I found this difference documented somewhere on the > > web, so it must be true. > > >> > There is also an integrator in the filter. The filter integrator is > >> > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. > > >> but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO. > > > Yes, I wasn't trying to say this was different, just to get the > > terminology correct. He was asking if it was a hardware VCO or > > something else. > > >> > When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where > >> > exactly is this DC determined? Are you referring to a DC input as in > >> > 0 Hz? I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not > >> > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. Am I missing > >> > something? > > >> i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, > >> please lemme spell it out: > > >> 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to > >> the input control paramenter. > > >> 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. that means if you > >> are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the > >> frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. > > >> 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to > >> the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a result > >> which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional to that > >> phase difference. > > >> 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and whatever > >> other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might want to put > >> some hard limiting in there or something else to help you hunt and lock > >> when the frequencies are widely different). because in a discrete-time > >> system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay (we only know the > >> previous output values to be used in the computation of the current > >> input, we cannot know the current output for the current input), then > >> there is necessarily a delay element in that feedback LTI system *must* > >> have an overall 1/z factor in it. > > >> 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in the > >> PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and another > >> delay (1/z) in the loop. that cannot be avoided. now, if you choose > >> to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but your > >> loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. > > >> dunno if any of this is helpful. > > >> r b-j > > > Thanks for the info. I am aware of everything you wrote. I just am > > having trouble doing the math for it. My "filter" only needs an > > integrator which will allow the error signal out of the phase detector > > to become zero for any given frequency input. But this is not a stable > > configuration. I added a proportional feedback which helps to stabilize > > the loop. I can analyze the filter, but I'm not clear on how to analyze > > the entire loop. > > Rick, can you clarify something please? Are you having a problem with > the algebra, or are you having a problem with modelling the design? > > By "the algebra" I mean turning the transfer functions of the various > parts (loop filter, nco, etc.) into a transfer function of the entire > system. > > By "modelling the design", I mean turning your implementation of the > various parts (e.g. adders, counters, accumulators, etc.) into transfer > functions. If you haven't done this before, it may not be immediately > obvious how to work out something like Kv for your NCO or the phase > detector gain. > > Thanks, > AllanThe modeling. I don't have trouble with algebra. I did retain that bit from school. I'm not worried about Kv or Kp. I am not clear on whether I should treat which element as an integrator (the DCO clearly seems to be, but I'm not sure about the phase comparator) and how to construct the overall equation. Rick

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

"rickman" <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote in message news:eba8edfb-d9c2-437c-b7b4-bd732793fa19@h23g2000vbc.googlegroups.com...> On May 30, 5:13 am, Allan Herriman <allanherri...@hotmail.com> wrote: >> On Fri, 29 May 2009 21:57:44 -0700, rickman wrote: >> > On May 29, 10:58 pm, robert bristow-johnson <r...@audioimagination.com> >> > wrote: >> >> On May 29, 6:53 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >> >> > On May 29, 6:35 pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: >> >> >> > > On May 29, 6:15 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >> >> > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working >> >> > > > on, but I can't continue that thread. The circuit is using a >> >> > > > PLL >> >> > > > to generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of >> >> > > > the input clock. The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFO at >> >> > > > the same rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data >> >> > > > in the FIFO while driving the output which is an interleave >> >> > > > circuit. So the output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times the >> >> > > > input >> >> > > > clock and the PLL must maintain a zero phase relationship (long >> >> > > > term) between the input clock and the divided down output clock >> >> > > > in order to keep amount of data in the FIFO constant. >> >> >> > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as >> >> > > > the phase comparator. The the leading edge of the input clock >> >> > > > makes it count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock >> >> > > > makes it count down. If both occur during a given system clock >> >> > > > cycle, the count is held as it is when there are no leading >> >> > > > edges. >> >> >> > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase >> >> > > > comparator in the analog world. I guess it works the same in >> >> > > > the >> >> > > > digital world too. The filter I am using is an integrator added >> >> > > > to a proportional (each with gain factors) to produce the step >> >> > > > size fed to the NCO. The NCO produces a clock enable on >> >> > > > overflow >> >> > > > which feeds the interleave circuit. The interleave circuit >> >> > > > returns N-1 out of every N clocks to pull data out of the FIFO >> >> > > > and feedback to the PLL. >> >> >> > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional >> >> > > > path and B=1/128 for the integrator output. I also tried other >> >> > > > values and they are all stable, but some settle faster and >> >> > > > others >> >> > > > ring more before settling. I picked the values that seem to >> >> > > > give >> >> > > > me quick settling and track an input frequency change well >> >> > > > without a lot of oscillation. >> >> >> > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- >> >> > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero >> >> > > > very >> >> > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. It would appear that the zero is >> >> > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. >> >> > > > But a DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. The question >> >> > > > is, how do I include the rest of the loop in a z-transform >> >> > > > analysis? Or is this not the right way to approach it? >> >> >> > > > Rick >> >> >> > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in >> >> > > DSP, >> >> > > i.e. is it an NCO or a VCO with a real control voltage? >> >> >> > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or >> >> > > NCO) and the gain of the phase detector. Since the VCO generates >> >> > > a >> >> > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination >> >> > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. >> >> >> > > Mark >> >> >> > All digital as in an FPGA. No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO. I was >> >> > mistaken when I used the term NCO. >> >> >> what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and >> >> a >> >> Digitally-Controlled Oscillator? >> >> > I didn't think there was any, but it was explained to me that an NCO >> > has >> > the lookup table to generate a sine/cosine output while a DCO just >> > provides either the upper bit to generate a square wave, or the carry >> > out to generate a one pulse per roll over. I used to use them >> > interchangeably, but I found this difference documented somewhere on >> > the >> > web, so it must be true. >> >> >> > There is also an integrator in the filter. The filter integrator is >> >> > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. >> >> >> but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO. >> >> > Yes, I wasn't trying to say this was different, just to get the >> > terminology correct. He was asking if it was a hardware VCO or >> > something else. >> >> >> > When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, >> >> > where >> >> > exactly is this DC determined? Are you referring to a DC input as >> >> > in >> >> > 0 Hz? I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter does not >> >> > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. Am I missing >> >> > something? >> >> >> i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, >> >> please lemme spell it out: >> >> >> 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to >> >> the input control paramenter. >> >> >> 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. that means if >> >> you >> >> are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the >> >> frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. >> >> >> 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to >> >> the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a >> >> result >> >> which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional to >> >> that >> >> phase difference. >> >> >> 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and >> >> whatever >> >> other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might want to put >> >> some hard limiting in there or something else to help you hunt and >> >> lock >> >> when the frequencies are widely different). because in a >> >> discrete-time >> >> system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay (we only know the >> >> previous output values to be used in the computation of the current >> >> input, we cannot know the current output for the current input), then >> >> there is necessarily a delay element in that feedback LTI system >> >> *must* >> >> have an overall 1/z factor in it. >> >> >> 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in >> >> the >> >> PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and another >> >> delay (1/z) in the loop. that cannot be avoided. now, if you choose >> >> to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but your >> >> loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. >> >> >> dunno if any of this is helpful. >> >> >> r b-j >> >> > Thanks for the info. I am aware of everything you wrote. I just am >> > having trouble doing the math for it. My "filter" only needs an >> > integrator which will allow the error signal out of the phase detector >> > to become zero for any given frequency input. But this is not a stable >> > configuration. I added a proportional feedback which helps to >> > stabilize >> > the loop. I can analyze the filter, but I'm not clear on how to >> > analyze >> > the entire loop. >> >> Rick, can you clarify something please? Are you having a problem with >> the algebra, or are you having a problem with modelling the design? >> >> By "the algebra" I mean turning the transfer functions of the various >> parts (loop filter, nco, etc.) into a transfer function of the entire >> system. >> >> By "modelling the design", I mean turning your implementation of the >> various parts (e.g. adders, counters, accumulators, etc.) into transfer >> functions. If you haven't done this before, it may not be immediately >> obvious how to work out something like Kv for your NCO or the phase >> detector gain. >> >> Thanks, >> Allan > > The modeling. I don't have trouble with algebra. I did retain that > bit from school. > > I'm not worried about Kv or Kp. I am not clear on whether I should > treat which element as an integrator (the DCO clearly seems to be, but > I'm not sure about the phase comparator) and how to construct the > overall equation. > > RickAre you keeping track of the dimensional units? e.g., Kv and Kp have units, usually something like V/rad or Hz/V for analog. I like to use MSB/rad for a digital phase detector, as it allows characterization of the gain and also provides a means to keep track of the precision through the entire system (so that gain doesn't get screwed up due to a bit shift or something). If you do that it becomes pretty clear that most phase detectors aren't integrators.

Posted by ●May 30, 2009

On May 30, 10:11�am, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote:> On May 30, 5:13 am, Allan Herriman <allanherri...@hotmail.com> wrote: > > > > > On Fri, 29 May 2009 21:57:44 -0700, rickman wrote: > > > On May 29, 10:58 pm, robert bristow-johnson <r...@audioimagination.com> > > > wrote: > > >> On May 29, 6:53 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > >> > On May 29, 6:35 pm, makol...@yahoo.com wrote: > > > >> > > On May 29, 6:15 pm, rickman <gnu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > >> > > > I posted a message a couple of months ago on a PLL I am working > > >> > > > on, but I can't continue that thread. �The circuit is usinga PLL> > >> > > > to generate an output clock which is a integer ratio multiple of > > >> > > > the input clock. �The purpose is to pull data out of a FIFOat> > >> > > > the same rate it is going in and to keep a fixed amount of data > > >> > > > in the FIFO while driving the output which is an interleave > > >> > > > circuit. �So the output clock needs to be N/(N-1) times theinput> > >> > > > clock and the PLL must maintain a zero phase relationship (long > > >> > > > term) between the input clock and the divided down output clock > > >> > > > in order to keep amount of data in the FIFO constant. > > > >> > > > The circuit I came up with for this uses an up/down counter as > > >> > > > the phase comparator. �The the leading edge of the inputclock> > >> > > > makes it count up and the leading edge of the feedback clock > > >> > > > makes it count down. �If both occur during a given systemclock> > >> > > > cycle, the count is held as it is when there are no leading > > >> > > > edges. > > > >> > > > From what I have seen, this is considered a bang-bang phase > > >> > > > comparator in the analog world. �I guess it works the samein the> > >> > > > digital world too. �The filter I am using is an integratoradded> > >> > > > to a proportional (each with gain factors) to produce the step > > >> > > > size fed to the NCO. �The NCO produces a clock enable onoverflow> > >> > > > which feeds the interleave circuit. �The interleavecircuit> > >> > > > returns N-1 out of every N clocks to pull data out of the FIFO > > >> > > > and feedback to the PLL. > > > >> > > > I simulated this with gain settings of A=64 for the proportional > > >> > > > path and B=1/128 for the integrator output. �I also triedother> > >> > > > values and they are all stable, but some settle faster and others > > >> > > > ring more before settling. �I picked the values that seemto give> > >> > > > me quick settling and track an input frequency change well > > >> > > > without a lot of oscillation. > > > >> > > > All that said, when I do an analysis of the filter using the z- > > >> > > > transform, I get a pole on the unit circle at 1,0 and a zero very > > >> > > > close to it at 0.999...,0. �It would appear that the zerois> > >> > > > stabilizing the pole and frequencies other than very near DC. > > >> > > > But a DC input is stabilized by the overall loop. �Thequestion> > >> > > > is, how do I include the rest of the loop in a z-transform > > >> > > > analysis? �Or is this not the right way to approach it? > > > >> > > > Rick > > > >> > > First clarification...when you say digital PLL, is this all in DSP, > > >> > > i.e. is it an NCO �or a VCO with a real control voltage? > > > >> > > The full loop is analyzed with the KVco the gain of the VCO (or > > >> > > NCO) and the gain of the phase detector. �Since the VCOgenerates a> > >> > > frequency and the phase detector detects a phase, the combination > > >> > > produces a pole at DC or an integrator. > > > >> > > Mark > > > >> > All digital as in an FPGA. �No VCO and no NCO, it uses a DCO.�I was> > >> > mistaken when I used the term NCO. > > > >> what's the difference between a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator and a > > >> Digitally-Controlled Oscillator? > > > > I didn't think there was any, but it was explained to me that an NCO has > > > the lookup table to generate a sine/cosine output while a DCO just > > > provides either the upper bit to generate a square wave, or the carry > > > out to generate a one pulse per roll over. �I used to use them > > > interchangeably, but I found this difference documented somewhere on the > > > web, so it must be true. > > > >> > There is also an integrator in the filter. �The filterintegrator is> > >> > necessary to drive the error output of the phase comparator to zero. > > > >> but there is also an inherent integrator in the DCO. > > > > Yes, I wasn't trying to say this was different, just to get the > > > terminology correct. �He was asking if it was a hardware VCO or > > > something else. > > > >> > When you say the DCO and phase comparator produce a pole at DC, where > > >> > exactly is this DC determined? �Are you referring to a DC inputas in> > >> > 0 Hz? �I believe if you have a 0 Hz input and your filter doesnot> > >> > include an integrator, the output will be 0 Hz. �Am I missing > > >> > something? > > > >> i am not sure if you're missing this or not, but in case you are, > > >> please lemme spell it out: > > > >> 1. the output frequency of the DCO is presumed to be proportional to > > >> the input control paramenter. > > > >> 2. frequency is the derivative of phase w.r.t. time. �that meansif you> > >> are going to relate *unwrapped* phase to frequency it's like the > > >> frequency parameter goes into an integrator and out comes phase. > > > >> 3. the phase comparator compares the phase of the output of the DCO to > > >> the input waveform (which we assume is periodic) and gives you a result > > >> which is a number (or a pseudo-"voltage") which is proportional to that > > >> phase difference. > > > >> 4. that phase difference is fed back through whatever gain and whatever > > >> other LTI system (or it might not all be linear, you might want to put > > >> some hard limiting in there or something else to help you hunt and lock > > >> when the frequencies are widely different). �because in adiscrete-time> > >> system we cannot have a closed loop with zero delay (we only know the > > >> previous output values to be used in the computation of the current > > >> input, we cannot know the current output for the current input), then > > >> there is necessarily a delay element in that feedback LTI system *must* > > >> have an overall 1/z factor in it. > > > >> 5. so, even with the simplest proportional controller (no I or D in the > > >> PID), you will necessarily have an integrator (1/(1-1/z)) and another > > >> delay (1/z) in the loop. �that cannot be avoided.�now, if you choose> > >> to add more stuff than a P in your PID controller, you may, but your > > >> loop gain must have at least a 1/z * 1/(1-1/z) in it. > > > >> dunno if any of this is helpful. > > > >> r b-j > > > > Thanks for the info. �I am aware of everything you wrote.�I just am> > > having trouble doing the math for it. �My "filter" only needs an > > > integrator which will allow the error signal out of the phase detector > > > to become zero for any given frequency input. �But this is not astable> > > configuration. �I added a proportional feedback which helps tostabilize> > > the loop. �I can analyze the filter, but I'm not clear on how toanalyze> > > the entire loop. > > > Rick, can you clarify something please? �Are you having a problemwith> > the algebra, or are you having a problem with modelling the design? > > > By "the algebra" I mean turning the transfer functions of the various > > parts (loop filter, nco, etc.) into a transfer function of the entire > > system. > > > By "modelling the design", I mean turning your implementation of the > > various parts (e.g. adders, counters, accumulators, etc.) into transfer > > functions. �If you haven't done this before, it may not beimmediately> > obvious how to work out something like Kv for your NCO or the phase > > detector gain. > > > Thanks, > > Allan > > The modeling. �I don't have trouble with algebra. �I didretain that> bit from school. > > I'm not worried about Kv or Kp. �I am not clear on whether I should > treat which element as an integrator (the DCO clearly seems to be, but > I'm not sure about the phase comparator) and how to construct the > overall equation. > > RickIn a mathematical PLL model, one typically derives H(z)=Y(z)/X(z) where Y(z) is the phase of the input signal and X(z) is the phase of the NCO. With this approach, the phase detector is just a scale factor, P(z)=Kv. A PI loop filter can be modeled as F(z)=Kp*(1+Ki/ (z-1)). The NCO can be modeled as N(z)=z/(z-1). The open loop TF is G(z)=Kv*F(z)*N(z)/z where the extra 1/z accounts for computational delay as mentioned in another post. The closed loop TF is H(z)=G(z)/(1+G(z)). John