Jitter Spectrum Analysis Setup

Flex Apps:
Meas. mode:
Package License:

Clicking the JSA/CRE toolbar's JSA Setup button opens the Jitter Spectrum Analysis Setup dialog.

In the dialog, enter the appropriate settings and then click Activate Jitter Spectrum Analysis to turn on JSA and display the Jitter Spectrum Analysis Results panel. This is equivalent to clicking the JSA/CRE toolbar's Activate JSA button.

JSA requires an N1076A, N1077A, or 86108A/B module with Option JSA. To use JSA in Jitter Mode, 86100D Option 200 or N1010A Option 200 is required.

Spectrum Type To Use

The Spectrum Type To Use field configures JSA's view of low-frequency jitter. Select one of three references for jitter measurements: Input, Measured, or Emulated. The following table provides a description of these selections. Use the Jitter Spectrum Analysis Graph to view the observed jitter spectrum based on the selected signal. Click Block Diagram to view the location of the spectrum for each spectrum. The block diagram is also shown in the following table.

Selections for Spectrum Type To Use
Selection Description

Available in Oscilloscope or Eye/Mask mode, the Input spectrum type allows you to view all of the low-frequency jitter on your signal. This is the recovered clock with the effects of the clock recovery PLL de-embedded. This selection is not available in Jitter Mode.

This button is available whenever the 86108A/B's hardware clock-recovery loop bandwidth is not set to a minimum value and is thus not configured for optimum input spectrum fidelity. When clicked, the hardware CDR loop bandwidth is set to the lowest possible value while still maintaining lock and the loop characteristics are automatically selected. These two settings can be manually set in the 86108A/B Setup dialog box's Clock Recovery tab. You may need to manually adjust these settings if the lock is unstable. The goal is to set the loop bandwidth (Target LBW) to the narrowest loop bandwidth possible while still maintaining lock. Do not set the Target LBW for the desired loop bandwidth of the receiver.

Available in Oscilloscope, Eye/Mask, and Jitter modes. This is the default selection. The Measured spectrum type complements Jitter Mode by showing the distribution of low-frequency jitter. It enables you to discover the root cause of jitter in your device. (Jitter Mode integrates jitter over a larger spectrum resulting in larger RJ measurements.) In the 86108A/B Setup dialog box's Clock Recovery tab, configure the dialog box's Target LBW field with the specified bandwidth for the applicable standard. In the dialog box's Advanced Type Two Loop Transition Frequency (Peaking) field, enter the peaking setting recommended by the applicable standard.

Available in Oscilloscope, Eye/Mask, and Jitter modes. Emulated allows you to view low-frequency jitter response to a wide variety of user-specified clock recovery (PLL) configurations. While using the 86108A/B's hardware clock recovery, clock recovery emulation (CRE) is used to measure the incoming signal relative to an ideal software clock-recovery response.

The Setup field is only shown in the dialog when the Emulated spectrum type is selected. Use this feature to view low-frequency jitter response to a wide variety of user-specified clock recovery (PLL) configurations. It uses the software emulated recovered clock as the reference. Click Setup to configure the Clock Recovery Emulation (CRE).

Spectrum Integration Limits

Use the Spectrum Integration Limits field to define the lower (Freq Limit 1) and upper (Freq Limit 2) frequency integration FFT limits for the jitter spectrum. On the displayed Jitter Spectrum graph, the and symbols mark the location of the integration limits.

Spectrum Smoothing

Use the Spectrum Smoothing field to apply averaging to the FFT magnitude and specify the Number of Averages. The default number of averages is 16. Increasing the number of averages allows you to view peaks that are hidden in the noise.

Number of Averages: 2

Number of Averages: 16

Signal Type

Use the Signal Type field to specify the calibration factors that are applied to the phase detector gain correction. The calibration factors can be for either NRZ or PAM signal types as well as single ended or differential. By default, this selection is set to Automatic where FlexDCA automatically determines the signal type.