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Entry  Wed Dec 15 15:41:45 2010, Alastair & Zach, Electronics, General, RFPD design RFPD_1.pdf
    Reply  Wed Dec 15 22:29:27 2010, Frank, Electronics, General, RFPD design 
       Reply  Wed Dec 15 22:36:05 2010, Alastair, Electronics, General, RFPD design 
    Reply  Thu Dec 16 03:50:33 2010, rana, Electronics, General, RFPD design: comments 
       Reply  Thu Dec 16 15:27:12 2010, Alastair, Electronics, General, RFPD design: comments 
       Reply  Fri Dec 17 22:07:00 2010, Alastair, Electronics, General, RFPD design: comments 
Message ID: 1221     Entry time: Thu Dec 16 03:50:33 2010     In reply to: 1216     Reply to this: 1224   1228
Author: rana 
Type: Electronics 
Category: General 
Subject: RFPD design: comments 
  1. Add pads around all the voltage regulators for diodes to prevent transient spikes (e.g. preventing the 7815 output from spiking higher than its input).
  2. Add pads to allow more capacitors around the voltage regulators; the large caps ought to be bypasses by little ceramic caps.
  3. May want to add an L between the +15V and the power supply pin on the RF amp. This is sometimes done for RF amps to keep the RF out of the supply for the other guys who need +15V.
  4. The 4107 can develop DC offsets. Should AC couple the output going in to the RF amp.
  5. Add a series L-C in parallel with the R8. Sometimes we like to put a notch in the feedback of the 4107 to get extra notch action.
  6. Put a note on the schematic (almost obvious) that all resistors must be metal film. If any resistors require more than a 1/8W power rating, it should be indicated on the schematic.
  7. Since the 4107 is nearly obsolete, you ought to also scope out another amp and list it in the schematic notes as a good replacement choice.
  8. Put a note on there about what the hell a AP1053 is.

Otherwise, looks pretty good to me. Make sure to calculate the input-referred noise of the AD620 with the gain setting that's there to make sure you're happy with the circuit's RIN sensitivity.

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