Digital Sub-Nanosecond Timing Generator
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Disclosed is a method for generating timing pulses with sub-nanosecond accuracy using digital techniques. As shown in the figure, an oscillator 10 drives a coarse digital timing circuit 12 which includes a series of counters wherein a "divide by" function occurs resulting in a pulse every Nth oscillator cycle. The generated pulse is delayed by a fine digital timing circuit 14 using a plurality of tapped delay lines or logic block delays and is typically limited to increments of no less than 500 picoseconds. In order to provide delays in increments of less than 500 picoseconds, an output of oscillator 10 is delayed M increments by an oscillator delay circuit 16.