Pinout for SED9421
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Fri Nov 25 08:59:54 CST 2005
>Subject: Re: Pinout for SED9421
> From: shoppa_classiccmp at trailing-edge.com (Tim Shoppa)
> Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 09:31:03 -0500
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
>> FYI:the average PLL is a bear to build and debug, they required clean
>> power and good board layout with ample groundplanes. The digital ones are
>> very good, simple to layout and shift rates with only a mux.
>Don't neglect: PLL's require analog components of rather tight tolerances
>to give consistent behavior from time-to-time and unit-to-unit.
That falls in the catagory of a bear to build part.
>The digital data separator (I heard its designer once refer to it as
>a "jerk-locked-loop") has no such tight tolerances and in fact is usually
>driven from a crystal oscillator.
That is a good description. It also depends on the number of bits used
as to how locked it is. Really only makes a difference when the peak shift
is bad due to impropper media or bad write precomp or the drive speed is
really off. Usually fixing the drive speed is easiest. The upside is
predictable performance and repeatability.
>The one-shot-with-critical-RC-constant used in early FM data separators
>is a good example. With a little tweaking it really works pretty well.
>But imagine mass-producing such a beast and training the assembly line
>people to do the tweaking, as well as field service, as well as ...
>(Of course us hackers don't mind!)
I hate analog oneshots unless they are timing uncritical. I worked with
an engineer that did everything with onshots and his stuff was prone to
wandering off or plain quitting.
The all time worst was the 1771 internal data sep. Tandy initally did that
to save parts. Really bad.
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