I am working on a project in which we have an an i.MX53 to driving an LCD through the LVDS connector and we fail the required EMC criteria. There are multiple peaks at 40 MHz intervals (starting at around 500 MHz) which I believe corresponds with the LVDS clock rate of the MX53:
The yellow is with the standard cable and the blue/cyan is the measurements with a twisted pair LVDS cable. I know we are in the red with that broadband noise between 200-300 MHz but I'm fairly confident we will have it fixed with the new expansion board that's in the works. Also I'm pretty sure it's the LVDS cable causing the trouble because those spikes go away when I unplug the cable.
My question is: how can I reduce the harmonics from the LVDS cable? I've tried ferrites (although I got no specs for the ferrites so it was a toss up) and twisting the pairs with very little effect.
Also is it possible that the i.MX53 sends out way too strong signals? Based on the schematics, they didn't overdo filtering.
I would be happy to hear any suggestions. Here's what we've tried so far:
- twisting the differential pairs
- shielding the cable (although that one is anecdotal, I didn't work at this company than)
And here's what I'm considering:
- Spread Spectrum Clocking (not sure if possible on the LVDS)
- 47 Ohm resistors in series (an act of desperation)
- shielding (give it another go)