An alternative method of precise frequency measurement by the aid of a DDS

J. E. Plevridis, J. C. Pliatsikas, C. S. Koukourlis, J. N. Sahalos

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Contents A method of frequency measurement based on a closed loop composed mainly of a Frequency Comparator (FC) and a Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) is presented in this paper. The DDS serves as reference sinewave signal generator acting at one of the FC's inputs. The FC accepts the hard-limited waveform of the DDS as well as the unknown frequency. From the comparison of the two signals a logic output that controls an up/down counter is produced. The counter's output acting as the Frequency Setting Word (FSW) instructs the DDS to produce a new sinewave closer in frequency to the unknown one. When the loop settles, the FSW gives the digital estimate of the unknown frequency. Advantage is taken from the inherent high resolution of the DDS and noise immunity of the loop, to design an equally precise and immune frequency meter. All the additional associated stages up to the instrument's display are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-349
Number of pages7
JournalElectrical Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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