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How Do You Analyze ADC Noise? Part 2

Jonathan Harris
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2/3/2014 10:14:06 AM
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Re: frequency sweep
Again, very good point.  The discrepancies are small in this case compared with the magnitude of the measurement.  Thanks to you for the kind words.  I enjoy the questions and interactions.  Thanks!

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2/3/2014 10:05:52 AM
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Re: frequency sweep
@Jonathan: thank you for this post, the small discrepancies are for sure due to this cause, however if the discrepancies with the actual measured data are small compared to the expected order of magnitude of the measurement, the approximation is valid.

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1/13/2014 4:06:20 PM
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Re: frequency sweep
Indeed, good points.  The ideal nature of the calculations does lend itself to some small discrepancies with the actual measured data.  I am always happy when measured data lines up closely with my calculated values. :-)

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etnapowers
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12/28/2013 3:33:22 AM
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frequency sweep
I wonder if the error between theoretical and measured ADC noise depends on the frequency, due to capacitive or inductive effects that may appear as the operating frequency varies.

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12/28/2013 3:27:21 AM
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relative error
I think that an engineer has to take care of the absolute and relative error when evaluating theoretically a ADC noise and then measuring it.

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