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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] SDR 1000 progress

From: Brian Whitaker
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] SDR 1000 progress
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 08:20:00 -0700


I haven't looked at the datasheet for that regulator, but anything that
spec's and efficiency is a DC-DC switcher (apposed to a linear regulator). A
drop-in replacement module is a neat idea, really, but it's expensive
because it's got a controller, a fair sized inductor, one or two big FETs,
and maybe even some capacitors (depending on how they designed this).

The trade-off here will be output ripple on the supply line -- but again,
depending on the contol scheme, this might be localized to one particular
frequency... you just want to be sure that those spurious don't couple into
the signal path so much as to degrade your BER.

I'd be happy to chat with you about this... and help you design in a better
DC-DC switcher if need be.

Brian Whitaker
(applications engineer at Maxim)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John R. Ackermann N8UR" <address@hidden>
To: "Matthew Ettus" <address@hidden>; <address@hidden>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 5:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] SDR 1000 progress

> --On Wednesday, May 07, 2003 10:40 PM -0700 Matthew Ettus <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> >
> > I've been making progress will AC5OG's SDR-1000 radio.  See the update
> >
> >      http://comsec.com/wiki?SdR1000
> >
> > There is also the beginnings of a python program to control the rig with
> > a nice GUI.  If anyone is experienced with GTK, python, and/or glade,
> > your help with that would be appreciated.  Let me know if you are
> > interested in helping out.
> Great work, Matt.  I've had my radio for a few days now and have mainly
> been wrestling with the Windows setup to get familiar with it.
> Unfortunately, I don't have the programming skills you're looking for, but
> I'll certainly be ready to test the code and provide helpful suggestions
> I do have one hardware suggestion for anyone who's interested:  the 7805
> regulator on the PIO board (the one with the big heatsink) is dissipating
> *lot* of power and on my unit, the heatsink is burningly hot.  I haven't
> made this swap yet, but the PowerTrends (now Texas Instruments, I think)
> PT5101 regulator is a near drop-in replacement and offers 90%+ efficiency.
> I'm going to try plugging one into my unit as soon as I get a chance.  It
> should reduce the overall current drain significantly, and allow a much
> smaller and cooler heatsink on the PIO board.  The downside is that it's a
> much more expensive part than a 7805 ($11.58 quantity one from Digi-Key).
> Oh, one question, Matt -- on the wiki you note to use the LINE OUT rather
> than SPEAKER OUT on the soundcard.  All of the cards in my collection have
> only a single output, usually labeled as SPEAKER OUT.  What to do in that
> circumstance?  (And a follow-on question -- what about laptops like my
> current work machine, a Dell Latitude C640 that has only two sound card
> I/Os -- mic/line in, and headphones out?)
> 73,
> John
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