[USRP-users] WBX daughterboard and ADC clipping - USRP n210

Marcus D. Leech mleech at ripnet.com
Thu Jul 9 18:59:01 EDT 2015

On 07/09/2015 05:09 PM, Garey, Marshall Owen via USRP-users wrote:
> Hi usrp-users, another question for you. What is the maximum input 
> power of the WBX daughterboard? More specifically, what is the max 
> power that I should put in; also, what is the approximate max power 
> when it starts to get fried? I've looked at the WBX daughterboard on 
> ettus.com and can't find the information there, and I'm currently 
> searching the mailing list archives. I recall reading a couple of 
> different values on this mailing list and elsewhere (I think I've read 
> -40, -30, and -20 dBm in different places). I have been staying well 
> below -30 dBm, but I'd like to see when the ADC starts to clip the 
> signal and don't want to destroy the daughtercard by putting in a 
> signal with too high power. It will be good for us to know 
> approximately how much power our signal can have before it starts to 
> get clipped, and how gradual the clipping is. My thought was to 
> measure the output amplitude until I started to see clipping, and to 
> take a bunch of measurements of output amplitude at different input 
> powers. However, as a noob, I welcome any suggestions you might have 
> of a better way to do this.
> Thanks,
>  Marshall
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We recommend -15dBm as the maximum input power for our transceiver 
cards, some of them can take a little more, but it's a value that is a 
   max input value  for a receiver  card  that is  really intended for 
connecting to a real-world antenna, rather than laboratory signal 
generators and the like.

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