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BASICS OF DIRECT DIGITAL
SYNTHESIS
Calen Carabajal
EECS 713
12/3/2013
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“Direct Digital Synthesis is a method of
producing an analog waveform—
usually a sine wave—by generating a
time-varying signal in digital form and
then performing a digital-to-analog
conversion. [1]”
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Capable of generating arbitrary
waveforms and accomplishing
various modulation schemes.
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High-speed DDS applications include,
primarily, radar and communication
systems
WHAT DOES A DDS DO?
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The core of the DDS is the phase
accumulator and a lookup table,
which comprise a Numerically
Controlled Oscillator
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N-bit word in frequency control
register (Frequency Tuning Word, FTW)
is input to adder, added to feedback
accumulator output.
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Truncated output serves as
address/input for sin() lookup table.
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Output word is amplitude for given
phase value. Converted to analog.
HOW IT WORKS: THE DDS CORE
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The FTW determines the jump size on
a phase wheel.
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Each clock cycle, the phase
accumulator is updated by the
amount given by the frequency
tuning word.
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Output of phase accumulator is a
ramp function with slope FTW
When accumulator surpasses 2^n, it
cycles back to beginning
HOW IT WORKS: FREQUENCY TUNING
WORD
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Phase-to-amplitude conversion is a
block of memory.
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Contains values ~2^M values of sine
wave amplitude
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Only needs to contain first 90
degrees, not 360 degrees.
Accumulator output bits serve as
address
HOW IT WORKS: PHASE-TO-AMPLITUDE
CONVERSION
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Basic example: single-tone
operation
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Using a N=4 bit DDS
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FTW: 0001
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Phase accumulator ramps up 1 LSB
each clock cycle
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DDS output is sin 2 ∗

2
HOW IT WORKS: AN EXAMPLE
FTW EFFECT ON DDS OUTPUT
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Figure taken from AD9914
datasheet
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Direct control of frequency, phase,
and amplitude permitted by
function pin settings
PHASE AND AMPLITUDE CONTROL
BINARY PHASE SHIFT KEYING
ON-OFF KEYING (AMPLITUDE SHIFT)
CHIRP GENERATION USING ON-CHIP
DIGITAL RAMP GENERATOR
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Understanding Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS). www.ni.com/whitepaper/5516/en
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Ask the Application Engineer—33: All About Direct Digital
Synthesis.
http://www.analog.com/library/analogdialogue/archives/3808/dds.pdf
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Fundamentals of Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS).
http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/tutorials/MT085.pdf
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AD9914 Datasheet. http://www.analog.com/static/importedfiles/data_sheets/AD9914.pdf
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