EE 541, Fall 2009: Course Notes #9Characterization of the Dynamic Range of Active Networks Dr. John Choma Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Southern California Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering University Park: Mail Code: 0271 Los Angeles, California 90089–0271 213–740–4692 [USC Office] 213–740–8677 [USC Fax] [email protected]ABSTRACT: This report is a documentation of analytical techniques for characterizing the de-gree of nonlinearity implicit to active networks designed to achieve nominally lin-ear performance input -to- output performance characteristics. It addresses such metrics as total harmonic distortion, intermodulation levels, intercept points, and spurious free dynamic range. Aside from addressing the theoretic nature of these nonlinear performance metrics, the report attempts to instill design-oriented in-sights by discussing measurement, simulation, and other engineering issues rele-vant to the meaningful disclosure of nonlinear performance profiles. Original: July 2006
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