[USRP-users] XO error correction on B210

Ian Buckley ianb at ionconcepts.com
Tue Jul 28 16:48:18 EDT 2015

Off the top of my head the only initial thing that occurs to me as a potential problem for your idea is the granularity of adjustment available in the RF synthesizers and the Baseband synthesizer might be different so there might be a different residual error from the ideal correction you supply vs what you actually get.

There is actually a *potential* H/W mechanism to do this properly engineered into the B2x0 boards, however it is disabled by default in manufacture in preference to the 10MHz reference clock circuit (They are mutually exclusive). If the PCB is stuffed differently then a AuxDAC in the AD9361 can be used to tune the 40MHz VCTCXO under S/W control rather like typical cellphone handsets do.


On Jul 28, 2015, at 1:18 PM, Dario Fertonani via USRP-users <usrp-users at lists.ettus.com> wrote:

> I'm looking for a software solution for XO error correction. In an ideal world there would be an API that finely drives the XO, so that every frequency derived from it through division/multiplication is properly scaled too. In my understanding this capability doesn't exist on B210/UHD. Please confirm/correct this understanding.
> The focus here is on correcting a long-term bias, not the noise around it (which is actually satisfactorily low on B210). Let's assume for now that the correction can be applied at the init stage and doesn't need any update after that. My plan is to replace the following code
> rfBoard->set_master_clock_rate( MasterClockRate_Hz );
> rfBoard->set_rx_rate( SamplingFreq_Hz );
> rfBoard->set_tx_rate( SamplingFreq_Hz );
> with this one
> rfBoard->set_master_clock_rate( MasterClockRate_Hz * ScaleXO );
> rfBoard->set_rx_rate( SamplingFreq_Hz * ScaleXO );
> rfBoard->set_tx_rate( SamplingFreq_Hz * ScaleXO );
> and similarly with all other calls with values in Hz, like for uhd::tune_request_t. In the code above the variable *_Hz are double variables in Hz and ScaleXO is a double variable very close to 1 (for example 1.0000005 is an error of 500 ppb). Am I overlooking anything? The only problem I can think of is preserving the constraint that the master clock rate is an integer multiple of the sampling rate, which isn't a function of ScaleXO in exact math but may become so in finite math. For example, if an exact ratio of N becomes (N+1e-30) because of finite math, will UHD work? If not, will it dump a warning/error?
> Thanks,
> Dario
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