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LO Distribution Subsystem. Wes Grammer NRAO. Outline. Design r equirements Top-level block d iagram Subsystem analysis Component selection P ackaging and cooling Interfaces (mechanical and electronic) Production assembly and test Costing and schedule.

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lo distribution subsystem

LO Distribution Subsystem

Wes Grammer

NRAO

EOVSA Preliminary Design Review

outline
Outline
  • Design requirements
  • Top-level block diagram
  • Subsystem analysis
  • Component selection
  • Packaging and cooling
  • Interfaces (mechanical and electronic)
  • Production assembly and test
  • Costing and schedule

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lo distribution subsystem design requirements and specifications
LO Distribution Subsystem Design Requirements and Specifications
  • Deliver +10 dBmmin. LO power to 1st and 2nd IF mixers in all 15 Downconverter modules, over the specified tuning range
  • 1st LO (LO1) tuning range: 21.5 – 38 GHz, 0.5 GHz steps
  • 2nd LO (LO2) output frequency: 21.15 GHz
  • LO1 frequency switching time: < 1 ms, max.
  • LO1 and LO2 both externally lockable to a 10 MHz reference (from Timing Gen.)
  • Assume phase noise, spurious and harmonic output specs for Hittite 40 GHz synthesizer applicable to both LO1 and LO2
  • Alternate LO1 source, remotely selectable for each antenna (for subarrays)
  • Monitor and control (except LO1 synthesizers):
    • Serial I/O bus, RS-485 signaling, ~1.0-3.5 Mbps asynchronous transfer
    • Uses the same software protocol as Downconverter
  • Monitor and control (LO1 synthesizers):
    • 10/100Base-T Ethernet; SCPI (Agilent) instrument control command protocol
  • Environment: Indoor, temperature-controlled
  • MTBF > 10 years, for subsystem elements common to entire array

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lo distribution subsystem block diagram 1
LO Distribution SubsystemBlock Diagram (1)

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lo distribution subsystem block diagram 2
LO Distribution SubsystemBlock Diagram (2)

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lo system cascade analysis
LO System Cascade Analysis
  • Excel workbooks created to perform stage-by-stage cascaded analysis of the following:
    • System gain, including mismatch loss
    • Output power
    • 1 dB compression point, and output margin
    • Third-order intercept point (IP3)
  • Three different distribution configurations were evaluated on performance and cost
  • LO1 distribution design a challenge, because of higher loss, especially cables, at high frequencies, and additional cascaded components.

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lo1 cascade worksheet
LO1 Cascade Worksheet

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lo2 cascade worksheet
LO2 Cascade Worksheet

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component selection
Component Selection
  • LO1 power amplifier is a single-source item, from Quinstar.
  • Used modular x15 reference multiplier + PLO for LO2 source instead of a synthesizer, to save cost
  • Mechanical switch for LO1 has lower loss, higher isolation and better VSWR than PIN diode type.
  • Marki LO buffer amps have low power dissipation, small size, and are relatively low cost.
  • Will need lots of flexible cables of various lengths with 2.92mm connectors. Astrolab offers a hand-formable type with low loss, and can be ordered to pre-made custom lengths at a reasonable cost.
  • As with the Front End and Downconverter, linear power supplies will be used to run all analog electronics

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thermal management
Thermal Management
  • Cooling of LO amplifiers in the Downconverter is not a real issue – dissipation is low.
  • Conversely, total power dissipation in the LO Distribution Module may be close to 300W:
    • LO1 power amps each dissipate 60W
    • LO2 multiplier + PLO dissipate ~13W
    • LO2 power amplifier dissipates 7W
    • Linear power supplies with 50% efficiency will dissipate 140W
    • RF switches are latching self-cutoff type, so average is ~0W.
  • Solutions:
    • Use a covered enclosure with a pair of rear-mounted fans to provide continuous flow-through cooling.
    • Add or design in automatic thermal shutdown protection for the amplifiers and PLO, in case of fan failure.
    • Make it impossible to power the electronics, unless the fans are on

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mechanical details
Mechanical Details
  • Enclosure and Interfaces:
    • Use a 19” rack-mount 3U or 4U aluminum chassis
    • LO1 inputs from Hittite synthesizers need to be on the front panel, to keep cables short
    • All RF outputs on rear panel, on the side closest the Downconverter rack
    • M&C bus connectors and AC or DC power input on the opposite end of rear panel
  • Component layout considerations
    • Good heat sinking of amplifiers, and unobstructed airflow around them
    • Stacked arrangement for two LO1 splitters, with row of switches in between, to keep cable lengths short and well-matched
    • Allow for later addition of bi-phase modulators on LO2 outputs

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lo distribution module interfaces
LO Distribution Module Interfaces
  • Hardware:
    • (16) 2.92mm-M LO1 outputs, to Downconverters
    • (16) SMA-M LO2 outputs, to Downconverters
    • (2) 2.92mm-M LO1 inputs, from Hittite sources
    • (1) BNC-M 10 MHz reference input, from TG
    • (2) DB-9 or 10-pin RJ-style connectors, M&C I/O
    • (1) AC fused power entry, IEC style w/switch
  • Software:
    • Refer to table in following slide

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production assembly testing
Production Assembly, Testing
  • Production process steps
    • Two-port VNA and output power measurements of power amplifiers at all LO frequencies
    • Bench test of cascaded multiplier + PLO
    • Assembly and test of LO Distribution Module with RF output cables
    • Verification of M&C functionality
    • Test thermal shutdown features
    • Documentation: Test results, configuration (s/n) list

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component costing delivery
Component Costing, Delivery
  • All RF components have been specified, and price/delivery quotes received
  • Reasonable estimates or preliminary pricing on remaining components, except embedded controller
  • Enclosure and power supply pricing are rough estimates, final TBD
  • Longest lead times:
    • LO1 power amplifiers (16 weeks), because of req. NRE
    • LO2 PLO (10 weeks); semi-custom design

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important schedule dates for lo distributor module
Important Schedule Dates for LO Distributor Module
  • Have all RF components, some cables, and COTS support electronics on order by mid-April at the latest
  • Complete enclosure fabrication drawings by June 1, send out for quotes, begin fab in mid-June
  • July 1 – July 15: Order rack, cables, connectors, wire, remaining components for prototype unit construction and site installation
  • July 1 – August 1: RF component characterization
  • August – September: Assemble and test prototype module
  • October 1: Ship prototype to California for installation
  • Embedded firmware and test software may need to be farmed out, in the interest of saving time. This could happen during July and August, in parallel with assembly.

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