5MHz, 3-Pole, Low-Pass Filter plus Video Line Driver for Consumer Video Applications
Figure 1. This 3-pole Butterworth video-reconstruction filter has adjustable group delay.
Figure 2. Typical filter response for circuit of Figure 1 with R3 + R8 = 332Ω.
To preserve quality in the video waveform, one should minimize group-delay variations in the filter and also any group-delay differential between filters. That capability requires a means for adjusting the filter's group delay without affecting its bandwidth. In Figure 1, the addition of R8 in series with C3 and R3 creates a lag-lead network. Keeping the sum of R3 and R8 constant and equal to the original R3 value preserves bandwidth by preserving the dominant-pole frequency. Increasing the R3 value, on the other hand, introduces a "lead" term that lowers group delay by reducing the rate of change in phase.
For R8 = 0Ω and R3 = 332Ω in the circuit shown, the average group-delay variation over the filter bandwidth is about 25ns Raising R8 to 31.6Ω and lowering R3 to 301Ω drops the variation to about 15ns, and setting R8 = 59Ω with R3 = 274Ω drops it to about 7ns The last case affects band-edge selectivity slightly (<0.5dB), but does not change the filter's -3dB bandwidth. These group-delay variations are shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Selected values of R8 and R3 (see text) allow control of group-delay variation over the filter's passband.
A similar version of this article appeared in the August 8, 2002 issue of EDN magazine.