xDevs.com QVR - Ultra-low noise DC Voltage reference

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Layout of the 6-layer custom ceramic PCB:

Cross-section of the PCB

Module assembled with some additional shielding

Air baffles to reduce thermal gradients around LTZ1000A chips.

Module installed in Keysight 3458A DMM, replacing onboard A9 LTZ1000A-module

First module:

Second module:

Performance

Preliminary 0.1 – 10 Hz noise test results, room temperature.

Long-term stability.

QVR Unit #1 was mostly kept unpowered to evaluate deviation and instability of the quad LTZ1000A-based reference module. Measurements were handled at two different locations with international shipping of the unit with regular postal service (USPS at US end, EMS at NMI location).

Calibration reference value T23°C = 9.990901 VDC ±0.8 ppm , 10.SEP.2019

1st temperature sweep prior to shipping for NMI
2nd temperature sweep prior to shipping for NMI

Calibration result from NMI (Calibrated 3458A readout)

Calibration transfers on DC Zener bank array at NMI

Calibration reference value T23°C = 9.990904 VDC ±0.6 ppm , 17.JAN.2021

Then standard was returned and tested again, powered from Fluke 792X battery power pack.

Calibration reference value T17°C = 9.9909107 VDC ±0.6 ppm , 1.APR.2021
Calibration reference value T23°C = 9.9909107 VDC ±0.6 ppm , 1.APR.2021
Calibration reference value T30°C = 9.9909107 VDC ±0.6 ppm , 1.APR.2021
Calibration reference value T45°C = 9.9909107 VDC ±0.6 ppm , 1.APR.2021

Datalog with triple 3458A, in thermal chamber

Author: Illya Tsemenko
Published: Sept. 20, 2019, 2:12 p.m.
Modified: April 1, 2021, 9:50 p.m.

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