• AGC: When I plug a COM-10xx digital demodulator into a COM-300x RF receiver, the signals going to the A/D converter disappear. Why?
    • This seems to be an AGC problem. Most COM-10xx digital demodulators generate a pulse-width modulated AGC signal to control the gain of the COM-300x RF receiver. The digital demodulator detects saturation at the Analog-to-Digital conversion ("1111111111" or "0000000000" samples) and adjusts the gain accordingly. Use an oscilloscope to probe the interface connector at pin B13 (top level, 13 row). This pulse-width modulated signal should react to input signal level variations by varying the duty cycle.

      Possible causes:

      (a) the digital demodulator clock selection is wrong: be sure to select 'external' clock selection.

      (b) the digital demodulator input format selection is wrong: be sure to select 'unsigned' format.

      (c) the digital demodulator firmware is not loaded properly. Using the ComBlock Control Center software, check the software version/option consistency (property window, configuration section, bottom half). If strange characters show up in the version/option field, please reload the FPGA bit file.

      (d) a wrong or older firmware file was loaded. Please go to our Download page to download the latest firmware version.

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