[USRP-users] B205mini: 0-value Samples When Switching Center Frequency

Marcus D. Leech mleech at ripnet.com
Fri Oct 27 01:23:18 EDT 2017

On 10/27/2017 12:44 AM, Gilad Beeri (ApolloShield) wrote:
> Thanks Marcus.
> I was told by Ettus in the past that nearby hops (X00's of MHz) should 
> take some tens of microseconds to settle (for the AD936x chip), while 
> I see 3 milliseconds.
> Can you reconfirm the former saying, or confirm that you also 
> experience ~3 milliseconds of 0's when you change frequency with a 
> delta of tens of MHz?
> In addition, I would expect that during the settling time, I will get 
> garbage data / noise, and not 0 samples. Do you know the reason I get 0's?
My *guess* is that this is the AD9361 doing a "mute during tuning" 
thing.  I don't know whether that's a feature that can be disabled, and 
whether at
   some point in the code history, it was enabled.   A cursory 
inspection of the code doesn't reveal anything obvious.

When you experience your zero-valued samples, is it a sharp cutoff, or 
is there a ramp into, and out-of the zero-valued-samples state?

Are you using manual or automatic gain control?

> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 5:27 PM Marcus D. Leech via USRP-users 
> <usrp-users at lists.ettus.com <mailto:usrp-users at lists.ettus.com>> wrote:
>     On 10/26/2017 06:43 AM, Gilad Beeri (ApolloShield) via USRP-users
>     wrote:
>>     Hi,
>>     Whenever I switch center frequency with a USRP B205mini (changing
>>     to a nearby frequency), I get 3 milliseconds of 0 samples.
>>      1. What's the reason behind that?
>>      2. Can I make some changes that will reduce that timespan
>>         without data?
>     The analog hardware takes a finite amount of time to switch
>     frequencies.  During that time, there will inevitably be *some*
>     type of glitch.
>     A PLL synthesizer will take some amount of time to change
>     frequency.  Every time you change frequency, you take it out of
>     its converged state, and
>       it has to re-converge.
>     https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/76197/pll-loop-bandwidth-lock-time-and-jitter
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