Version 3 (modified by Eric Hazen, 4 years ago) (diff)


According to the expert (Thomas Witzel):

I would recommend something like the coilcraft 1812 series chokes at 3.3 microHenry. 
If you must use different ones, make sure the self-resonance frequency is well above 
128 MHz and of course non-magnetic cores. I would choke every single line of the cable. 

Here's a part number: Coilcraft 1812CS-332XJLC (sold by Mouser)

The Chokes should be placed every 30 inches or so in the cable run, starting with one set right at the piezos.

To me this suggests 3 PC board designs:

Piezo inductor board

This board will mount on the back of the piezo holder. It should have sets of 3 solder pads for the wires from each piezo (5 piezos in case we expand), sets of 4 inductors for each piezo, and sets of two twisted pair solder points for each piezo.

Partial schematic:

Inline inductor board

This should provide two sets of 20 solder pads with 20 inductors, staggered so that a relatively narrow board can be spliced in line in a cable.

Cable connector board

This should provide a set of 20 solder pads to terminate the 10-pair cable and convert to a DB-25 connector.