[USRP-users] Ettus UBX-160 vs SBX-120

Kyeong Su Shin ksshin at uw.edu
Mon Jul 3 09:18:40 EDT 2017

Hello Simon Olvhammar:

Just one more note:

A relevant e-mail thread achieve, since you are apparently using ADC
sampling rate of 120MS/s on SBX-120 daughterboards:


To get better data quality, you may want to sample faster and then do
digital filtering -> decimation (USRP will do that for you, if you are fine
with integer decimators). This may prevent you from using the 120MHz
bandwidth, but improve the overall data quality.

Kyeong Su Shin

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 1:35 AM, Simon Olvhammar via USRP-users <
usrp-users at lists.ettus.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am not sure if I understand correctly.
> How are the ADC to slow if I use a master clock rate of 120 MHz and
> sampling rate of 120 MHz on a UBX-160? I don't need 160 MHz bandwidth only
> 120 MHz.
> Regards
> Simon
> On 06/28/2017 04:12 PM, Sylvain Munaut wrote:
>> Hi,
>> We currently running a system with a Ettus x310 and a SBX-120.
>>> We also a have UBX-160 daughter board.
>>> For several reasons, mainly due to computer performance limitations, we
>>> can
>>> only run with a complex sampling rate of 120 MHz.
>>> My question is if I will see any improvement in performance, e.g. filter
>>> characteristics, if I instead use the UBX-160 and run it at 120 MHz
>>> compared
>>> to SBX-120 at 120 MHz or are they similar?
>> You can't do that.
>> If you have the master clock-rate at 120 MHz and use a 160 MHz wide
>> daugtherboard, you will get aliasing because the ADC are too slow.
>> You'd have to go to a 100 MHz samplerate for it to work. (200 MHz
>> sampled by the ADC then HW decimated by 2 to 100 Msps).
>> Cheers,
>>     Sylvain
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