I try to use TCXO (KT7050A24576KAW33TAD) at 24.576 MHz through frequency multiplier (PLL) x4 (NB3N511DG) to clock the I2S bus (SAI domain) at 98.304 MHz on a MCU (STM32L4R5VIT6). Signals are not what I expected. Can someone help me to understand what I miss ?


TCXO and multiplier schematic
(I remove R15)


TCXO and multiplier implementation


TCXO signal
Take on pin 5 of KT7050A24576KAW33TAD probe x1 with short ground spring

I expect a "CMOS" signal from KT7050A24576KAW33TAD but it look like more than "Clipped Sine Wave". Page 77 of the Kyocera Catalog I expect the following signal

KT7050A24576KAW33TAD CMOS output


Multiplier output signal
Take on pin 5 of NB3N511DG probe x1 with short ground spring

I use CubeMX for quick test, I think STM32 pin "CLK_SAI" is well put in alternate function as "SAI Ext Clock". I expect a "CMOS" signal too on NB3N511DG output (square with lower min and higher max). (CLK_S0 and CLK_S1 are pulled low from the STM32)


When i bought the TCXO I see it's a CMOS output from supplier :
KT7050A24576KAW33TAD supplier

But friend of mine caught my attention on KT7050A24576KAW33TAD datasheet and suggest it can be use in both mode :
KT7050A24576KAW33TAD  datasheet

But I don't understand how to change mode from "Clipped Sine Wav" to "CMOS" mode...

This is the first time I play with TCXO and multiplier, I probably don't understand something (or more), can someone help me to find my issue ?


I use 1x probe with short ground spring like this :

probe x1

Many BIG THANKS to Justme and Tom Carpenter

Ok, with x10 probe (set on probe and oscilloscope) i got :

Output of TCXO :
TCXO output with x10 probe
It's look like a CMOS signal :)

Output of PLL :
PLL output with x10 probe
This is a sinwave :( I

So the input of PLL seem good now, but the output is not what I expected. The NB3N511DG datasheet say :

Phase−Locked−Loop (PLL)design techniques are used to produce a low jitter, TTL level clockoutput up to 200 MHz with a 50% duty cycle.

TTL/CMOS Output with 25 mA TTL Level Drive

The logic diagram show a TTL/CMOS output buffer

Datasheet PLL diagram

And caracheteristics tell me :

Datasheet PLL caracteristics

Does CMOS not implied square signal ?
Can someone help me to understand why I don't get a almost square signal at NB3N511DG PLL output ?

Many BIG THANKS to Justme

Pff... Don't forget Shannon-Niquist theorem... Don't try to look at 100MHz signal width 100Mhz bandwidth oscilloscop...

So I change the PLL multiplication coefficient to x2 to go lower than FS/2.
I can go to 49,152 MHz, here is the measurement :

PLL signal @49,152 MHz

It's look like what I expected !

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you using 1x or 10x probes? Are you using a long ground clip or short ground spring? \$\endgroup\$
    – Justme
    Sep 7, 2020 at 8:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Justme I use a 1x probe with short ground spring (I edit the post to put picture of the probe) \$\endgroup\$
    – rom1nux
    Sep 7, 2020 at 8:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like a bandly compensated probe \$\endgroup\$ Sep 7, 2020 at 9:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Justme well, I understand I don't know how to do measurement :(, thanks for you help sir \$\endgroup\$
    – rom1nux
    Sep 7, 2020 at 10:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @TomCarpenter many thanks to you too sir, Sadly I need to learn about measurement ... \$\endgroup\$
    – rom1nux
    Sep 7, 2020 at 10:43

2 Answers 2


The problem is the 1x probe mode. It does not have enough bandwidth in 1x mode.

Set it to 10x for more bandwidth.

Always use 10x probes, unless you know you must use 1x mode, and that does not happen very often.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I add new measurement with x10 probe, and hum... well...this work really better...I just don't understand why I got sinewave instead of square signal at PLL output now... Many thanks to take time to help me sir. \$\endgroup\$
    – rom1nux
    Sep 7, 2020 at 10:46

Other answer is spot on regarding the first problem.

The scope says "100MHz" just above the screen.

That means it doesn't have enough bandwidth to show the third, fifth. 7th etc harmonics of the 98MHz output signal : these are necessary to represent a square wave.

Therefore it can only display the fundamental. So it will appear as approximately a sinewave, with no further hint about its actual waveform.

After Edit 3 : the third harmonic of 50MHz is 150MHz : well outside the scope's nominal bandwidth. So it's greatly attenuated, leaving a rather sad excuse for a square wave.

Note that the Nyquist frequency is 500 MHz, since the scope samples at 1 GS/s. However the analog electronics (including teh anti-aliasing filter) limit the bandwidth to much less than this : it's probably 3dB down at 100 MHz (to claim 100 MHz BW), and 10dB or more at 150 MHz.

You are now getting as close as you can expect with the tools you are using.


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