• 0 to 10 Gb/s operation
  • Four independent channels
  • 7 bit programmable
  • 5 ps step size
  • 40 ps rise/fall times
  • Less than 10 ps jitter, 5 ps typical
  • Low hysteresis
  • High accuracy




The QPDDL10 series delay lines are four channel precision time delay generators for digital signals. Delays are controlled precisely in 5 ps increments at data rates up to 10 billion bits per second or clock rates exceeding 5 GHz. Each of the four channels is independently programmable.

In GaAs and ECL IC and high-speed systems testing, the most critical problems involve precisely shifting the relative timing of two or more high-speed signals. The high accuracy and high data rates of the QPDDL10 series make it well suited to meet these requirements in bench-top or high-speed ATE systems. Fast, 40 ps rise/fall times and low noise transitions and a well matched 50 ohm input termination enhance its usefulness in precise timing control. Applications include high-speed pulse-width modulation, timing measurements, error-rate test systems, pulsed-laser timing, RF phase modulation, data/clock synchronization, signal de-skewing and other applications involving precise signal time-alignment.

The QPDDL10 series employs GaAs passive microwave switched-line techniques where 7 binary weighted delay segments are combined to form the desired delay. A low hysteresis strategy provides a high degree of accuracy at all data rates and delays by minimizing deterministic jitter. DC-coupling in a wide-bandwidth 50 ohm environment provides the user with accurate timing control for systems with varying duty cycle such as NRZ and burst-data applications. Unlike delay generators which use ramping techniques for delay generation the QPDDL10 has very low jitter (typically<5 ps) and is not limited to delays that are less than one period in length. The delay range for the QPDDL10 is 5x27=640 ps.

SMA jacks are used for the delay line inputs and outputs. The TTL control inputs include 4 address, 7 programming, device enable, and write enable lines. These are accessed through a 25 contact "D" type connector plug. The QPDDL10 is powered by a single -5.0V supply accessed either by the D-type connector.

GigaBaudics also provides the similar QPADL6 series DC to 6.0 GHz programmable delay lines for analog signals.



The programmable delay blocks consist of passive microwave line switches in a binary weighted series switched-line configuration. Input and output drivers are specially designed to exhibit low hysteresis. The control logic is TTL compatible CMOS.


The 10 programming bits are binary weighted delay giving a total of 27 = 128 delay steps of 5 ps. Each channel is addressed (selected) by a separate address line. This allows any combination of channels to be programmed simultaneously. The WE (write enable) line is activated (low) while the data is valid. The DS (device select), active low, line is a useful for selecting a particular unit when more than one delay-line units are used in conjunction. Data and address lines should be held valid for at least 4 ns and should remain valid 3ns after WE goes high. The control word need not be latched if the user wishes to operate latches transparently. Simply keep the address line high, DS and WE low and the device state will follow the applied data.



  • PIN#____________ASSIGNMENT
  • 14-17  -5.0V_______ 0.6A, POWER
  • 1     D0____________5 ps, active high
  • 2     D1____________10 ps
  • 3     D2____________20 ps "
  • 4     D3____________40 ps "
  • 5     D4____________80 ps "
  • 6     D5____________160 ps "
  • 7     D6____________320 ps "
  • 8-10 NC___________No connect
  • 22    DS____________Device Select active low
  • 23    WE___________Write Enable active low
  • 18-21GND_________Ground
  • 25    A0____________"1" Channel Select high
  • 12    A1____________"2" " "
  • 24    A2____________"3" " "
  • 11    A3____________"4" " "
  • 13    Vth____________Threshold sense or adjust

25 pin, male, D-type subminiature connector


Inputs are ECL compatible with threshold at -1.3 V. They are connected by SMA and 50 ohm terminated to -2.0 V. Inputs should be driven by at least 0.4 Vpp and have a slew rate >2.0 V/ns for proper operation. A single input threshold adjuster is provided to vary the input threshold -1.3+0.4 V. on all channels. Option V provides individual input threshold adjusters which may be used to vary the input threshold of each channel independently . These threshold adjusters enable fine tuning of the signal duty-cycle.



Outputs are ECL compatible with Voh=-0.95 and Vol=-1.75 and output rise/fall times (20 to 80%) of less than 45 ps. The insertion delay is about 300 ps. The insertion delay of each channel is matched so that signal skewing between channels is < + 10 ps. This often simplifies installation by eliminating the need for special length interconnect cables. Unused outputs should be 50 ohm terminated to ground.



The QPDDL10 is powered by a single -5.0 V supply making it very easy to use. A well regulated (<50 mV ripple) supply is recommended to reduce signal noise even though Vee-to-signal noise coupling is inherently quite weak. All internal supply voltages (except Vee=-5.0) are regulated to reduce the required number of external supplies and to reduce the level of supply noise appearing on signal path. This effectively negates variation of input threshold with changes in supply voltage thereby minimizing supply noise associated jitter. DC-DC converters are used to generate internal voltages.

Power is provided to either a 25 pin D-type plug or the banana jack. Pins 14, 15, 16 and 17 are -5.0 V and pin 18 through 21 are GND. If a ribbon cable is used, caution should be taken to account for supply voltage drop. Minimize the cable length, use all 4 power pins and use a heavy gauge wire. The QPDDL10 is reverse-voltage protected to 2.5 A. therefore the supply should be current limited to 2.0 A. Total power dissipation is typically 3.5 watts but may increase by as much as 2 watts with rapid programming rates.




(beyond which damage may occur)

All TTL and ECL inputs and outputs are static sensitive and caution should be exercised when handling and connecting. No warranty will be extended to damaged inputs or output drivers.


Option A: Single input driving all 4 channels ($0)

Option I: Inverted data and address control logic ($0)

Option V: 4 Individual input threshold adjusters ($200)

In many cases GigaBaudics can modify this product to help meet the customers special requirements. A significant degree of flexibility exists for modifying the input characteristics, output characteristics and the delay step size, often at little or no additional cost. Please contact GigaBaudics for additional information.



If an AC coupled signal generator is used to drive this instrument, keep in mind that the inputs are 50 ohm terminated to -2.0 V. It will be necessary to bias the input voltage such that the signal transitions are centered at the input threshold voltage. This can be accomplished by using a "bias T". A "bias T" has the disadvantage of causing duty-cycle dependent biasing producing data-dependent delays that may appear as jitter. A better approach is to use a 3 or 4 dB pad on the input to offset the input voltage to near threshold. The pad shifts the voltage with its internal shunt resistance to ground. This approach is duty-cycle independent. NRZ or long run-length data sources should be DC coupled to prevent data dependant delays arising from DC voltage drift at the input.

Both the signal source and the output termination should be well matched to 50 ohms over a wide (>5 GHz) bandwidth to ensure high delay accuracy. Poorly matched inputs and outputs will generate reflections. Reflections may result in delay-shift aberrations when the signal transitions and reflections are coincident at the point of detection. This often results in what appears as jitter.

In order for outputs to meet the full specifications outputs should be 50 ohm terminated to -2.0 V. Unused outputs should be 50 ohm terminated to GND.

Delays should be referenced to the input. If delays are referenced to other channel outputs or to the output at 0 ps delay, the two delay errors will add. The "0" ps delay is "just another delay" and has its own error associated with it. This error at 0 ps delay is typically about 3 ps depending upon channel-channel effects. The error of any particular delay can be determined by curve fitting the programmed delay .vs. actual delay and measuring the deviation from the best-fit line.

Should there be any questions or need for clarification please contact GigaBaudics.

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