P. Perkins

Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States

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Publications (2)1.36 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this paper is to provide a framework by which jitter, in the output signals of a test-head board in an automatic test equipment (ATE), can be measured. In this paper, jitter phenomena caused by radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise are considered. EMI noise is mainly present in the test head of an ATE as result of the activity of the dc-dc converters. An analysis has been pursued to establish the areas of the test-head board that are most sensitive to EMI noise. The most sensitive part of the test-head board has been found to occur in the loop filter of the phase-locked loop (PLL) that is used to obtain a high-frequency clock for the timing generator (TG). Different H-fields are then externally applied to the loop filter to verify the behavior of the output signal in terms of rms jitter. A frequency-domain methodology has been employed for the rms-jitter measurements. The rms-jitter variation for the radiated EMI magnitude and frequency has been characterized. Also, the orientation of the external H-field source has been investigated with respect to the target board and its effects on the measured rms jitter. For measuring the jitter, an interface circuitry has been designed on an adapter board to circumvent ground noise and connectivity problems arising from the test-head environment.
    IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 03/2006; · 1.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this paper is to provide a framework by which jitter phenomena, which are encountered at the output signals of a head board in an automatic test equipment (ATE), can be studied. In this paper, the jitter refers to the one caused by radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise, which is present in the head of all ATE due to DC-DC converter activity. An initial analysis of the areas of the head board most sensitive to EMI noise has been made. It identifies a sensitive part in the loop filler of a phase locked loop which is used to obtain a high frequency clock for the timing generator. Different H-fields are then applied externally at the loop filter to verify the behavior of the output signal of the head board in terms of RMS jitter. As for RMS jitter measurements, a frequency domain methodology has been employed. A trend for RMS jitter variation with respect to radiated EMI magnitude as well as frequency has been obtained. Also the orientation of the external H-field source with respect to the target board and its effects on the measured RMS jitter has been investigated. For measuring the RMS value, a proper circuitry has been designed on a daughter board to circumvent ground noise and connectivity problems arising from the head environment.
    Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, 2004. IMTC 04. Proceedings of the 21st IEEE; 06/2004