August 3, 2023
Published on Microwave Journal.com
Explore the world of RF power supply and the challenges that power rails present in noise-sensitive RF and signal chain applications - in ‘PSRR in the Real World,’ authored by Masashi Nogawa, a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Qorvo. This article, published on August 3, 2023, is an essential read if you are working in the RF field. Understand how to optimize your systems for peak performance and minimal noise interference.
In this blog post, we continue our investigation into a VRM’s Power Supply Ripple Rejection (PSRR) performance. In earlier posts, we reviewed PSRR concepts by running a couple of simulations and now we power up a real VRM in the lab.
By using the Bode 100 Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) from Omicron Lab, together with the J2121A High Power Line Injector (though it doesn’t need to be ‘high current’ - this is what I had available in my lab), we get this PSRR plot (Figure 1).
Figure 1: VRTS1.5 PSRR curve
My lab setup obtaining this curve is shown in Figure 2. In this setup, everything is straightforward except for one point: I’m using four series load resistors of 50 Ω each, total 200 Ω, into the 50 Ω terminated input ‘port 1’ of the Bode 100 unit, to form ×1/5 attenuation. This avoids too high current loading on the VRTS1.5 DUT.
Read the full article here - PSRR in the Real World | Microwave Journal