Re: Hi Speed Comparator operation

Rien Eradus PA0JME

Hi I am not familiar with both devices but took a glance at de 1016's datasheet. It tells me that inputbias current is about 10uA.  If Vss is at ground there can be no bias current at all unless input consists of pnp pair. Maybe you have to lift both inputs a bit to allow for biascurrent to flow and decouple the inverted input. That is what the datasheet shows providing bias through a decoupled resistor from the output. Tieing a i/p to ground is never a good idea unless a device has both positive and negative supplies.

Best regards Rien PA0JME

Op 20-5-2021 om 12:04 schreef G8ZHA via

I have built a couple of W1GHz projects: a GPS locked 10MHz osillator and a 100MHz PLL board. Each of his circuits uses a LT1116 hi speed comparator to lift the oscilator signal up to 5V CMOS logic levels to feed the dividers.

On the 100MHz PLL PCB, there is a 3.3V osc, feeding a MC12080 Div by 10 prescaler, AC coupled into the non-inverting input ofthe LT1116. The inverting input is tied directly to ground. I can see a nice square wave signal into this pin, about 1.5V pk-pk, centered on 0V. The outputs, which are open circuit, are very distorted, see photos.

I thought that this may be because the signal is outside the common range of 0 - 2.5V for the LT1116, so I biased the input to the middle of the voltage range but was not successful.

Am I missing something obvious?

I also built the 10MHz version, which feeds the osc straight into the comparator. I hadn't got a LT1116, so used a LT1016 instead, which has a common mode input range of 1.25 tp 3.75V range. Again, I biased the input signal to the middle of the voltage range, but saw the same distored oyutput.

(in the UK, the LT1116 is not available from RS etc)

I am at a loss to understand what is going wrong.

Rich G*ZHA

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