Electronics/Noise in electronic circuits

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Electrical Noise
any unwanted form of energy tending to interfere with the proper and easy reception and reproduction of wanted signals.


Based on OriginEdit

  1. External noise
    1. Atmospheric
    2. Extraterrestrial
      1. solar
      2. Cosmic
    3. Industrial
  2. Internal noise
    1. Thermal Agitation Noise
    2. Shot Noise
    3. Transit Time Noise
    4. Flicker Noise
    5. Miscellaneous Sources

Thermal noiseEdit

Thermal Agitation Noise
Also known as Johnson noise or White noise.
P_n \propto\ T\;\delta\!f = k\,T\;\delta\!f

where k = Boltzmann's constant = 1.38x10-23J/K

T = absolute temperature, K = 273 + °C
δ f = bandwidth of interest
Pn = maximum noise power output of a resistor

P_n = \frac{V^2}{R_L} = \frac{\left(\frac{V_n}{2}\right)^2}{R} = \frac{V_n^2}{4R}
V_n^2 = 4RP_n = 4RkT\;\delta\!f
V_n = \sqrt{4kT\;\delta\!f\;R}

Shot NoiseEdit

i_n = \sqrt{2ei_p\;\delta\!f}

where in = r.m.s. shot-noise current

e = charge of an electron = 1.6x10-19C
ip = direct diode current
δ f = bandwidth of system

Noise CalculationsEdit

Addition due to several sourcesEdit

noise voltages:

V_n1 = \sqrt{4kT\,\delta\!f\,R_1}, V_n2 = \sqrt{4kT\,\delta\!f\,R_2}...and so on, then
V_{n,tot} = \sqrt{{V_n1^2}+{V_n2^2}+...} = \sqrt{4kT\,\delta\!f\,R_{tot}}

where Rtot = R1+R2+...

Addition due to Cascaded Amplifier stagesEdit

Req = R1+R'2
R_{eq} = R_1 + \frac{R_2}{A_1^2} + \frac{R_3}{{A_1^2}{A_2^2}}

Analog Noise ModelsEdit



Noise in digital circuits:Edit

Methods of reducing noiseEdit

Differential signalingEdit

Differential signaling is a method of transmitting information electrically by means of two complementary signals sent on two separate wires. The technique can be used for both analogue signaling, as in some audio systems, and digital signaling, as in RS-422, RS-485, PCI Express and USB.

Good groundingEdit

An ideal signal ground maintains zero voltage regardless of how much electrical current flows into ground or out of ground.

When low-level signals travel near high currents, their return currents shouldn't be allowed to flow in the same conductor. Otherwise, noise such as AC ripple on the high current will modulate the low-level signal.


Kennedy, George 'Electronic Communication Systems' , 3rd Ed. ISBN 0-07-034054-4