Clock Synthesizers

A clock synthesizer is an electronic circuit that converts a single clock signal frequency into a range of output frequencies. Frequency values are given in MHz. Clock synthesizers can generate frequencies in multiples of the original, also known as a conversion rate. They can work in a phase-locked look, also known as a PLL.

Clock synthesizers are semiconductor devices which come in a standard package, such has a QFN, TSSOP or SOIC.

Where are Clock Synthesizersused used?

  • Wireless devices
  • RF devices
  • Radio
  • GPS
  • TV
  • Mobile phones

What is a PLL Synthesizer?

PLL synthesizers are analogue devices. A PLL circuit features a Voltage-Controlled Oscillator (VCO). The VCO output is constantly adjusted to match the phase and frequency of an input signal, using feedback from a Phase Comparator. A PLL circuit is often used to synchronise (lock) RF receiver circuits to an incoming carrier signal. If a frequency divider integer-n is introduced between the VCO output and the phase comparator, the PLL circuit output frequency will be fin/n, locked in phase to fin. If fin comes from a highly-stable fixed frequency oscillator and n is programmable, then the circuit forms the basis of an accurate Digital Frequency Synthesizer.

What is a Direct Digital Synthesizer?

Direct digital synthesizers (DDS) are digital devices. They are made up of a crystal oscillator, an NCO (numerically controlled oscillator) and a DAC (digital-to-analogue converter). DDS, in comparison to an analogue PLL synthesizer, offer improved phase noise and better control over the output where there are transitions between frequencies. They also offer better jitter performance.


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RS Stock No. 162-9621
Mfr. Part No.P3MS650103H-4CR
Brandonsemi
HK$9.952
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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- - - 60MHz Surface Mount 1 15MHz WDFN 9 mA 4 1 x 1.2 x 0.75mm 60MHz 0.75mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 787-7012
Mfr. Part No.P3MS650103H-4CR
Brandonsemi
HK$10.946
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- - - 60MHz Surface Mount 1 15MHz WDFN 9 mA 4 1 x 1.2 x 0.75mm 60MHz 0.75mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 145-6056
Mfr. Part No.SN74LV4046AN
HK$11.896
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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- - - 38MHz Through Hole - - PDIP ±70 mA 16 19.69 x 6.6 x 4.57mm - 4.57mm 19.69mm
RS Stock No. 523-7162
Mfr. Part No.ADF4001BRUZ
HK$50.91
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - CP 20 5.5 mA 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 200MHz 1.05mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 523-7516
Mfr. Part No.AD9831ASTZ
HK$183.97
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Digital Synthesizer 25000ksps 10 bit - Surface Mount - - LQFP - 48 7 x 7 x 1.4mm - 1.4mm 7mm
RS Stock No. 709-1965
Mfr. Part No.CD4046BE
HK$5.664
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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- - - - Through Hole 1 - PDIP - 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm - 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 523-8222
Mfr. Part No.AD9830ASTZ
HK$350.47
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Digital Synthesizer 50Msps 10 bit - Surface Mount - - LQFP - 48 7 x 7 x 1.4mm - 1.4mm 7mm
RS Stock No. 923-6693
Mfr. Part No.CD4046BE
HK$5.664
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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- - - - Through Hole 1 - PDIP - 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm - 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 523-6383
Mfr. Part No.ADF4113BRUZ
HK$71.06
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - CP 20 11 mA 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 4000MHz 1.05mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 162-6951
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4046AM96
HK$2.738
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - SOIC - 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm - 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 909-3468
Mfr. Part No.HMC703LP4E
HK$332.81
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - QFN 95 mA 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.95mm 8000MHz 0.95mm 4.1mm
RS Stock No. 162-8970
Mfr. Part No.NB3N3020DTG
Brandonsemi
HK$76.842
Each (In a Tube of 96)
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- - - 210MHz Surface Mount 1 - TSSOP 75 mA 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 210MHz 1.05mm 5.1mm
RS Stock No. 160-3297
Mfr. Part No.HMC703LP4E
HK$291.613
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - QFN 95 mA 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.95mm 8000MHz 0.95mm 4.1mm
RS Stock No. 802-2014
Mfr. Part No.NB3N3020DTG
Brandonsemi
HK$89.16
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- - - 210MHz Surface Mount 1 - TSSOP 75 mA 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 210MHz 1.05mm 5.1mm
RS Stock No. 538-5930
Mfr. Part No.AD9954YSVZ
HK$399.04
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Digital Synthesizer 400Msps 14 bit - Surface Mount - - TQFP - 48 7 x 7 x 1mm - 1mm 7mm
RS Stock No. 108-353
Mfr. Part No.ADF4252BCPZ
HK$80.07
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- - - - Surface Mount 2 - CP 24 16 mA 24 4 x 4 x 0.83mm 3000MHz 0.83mm 4mm
RS Stock No. 662-3961
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4046AM96
HK$5.894
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - SOIC - 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm - 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 759-2749
Mfr. Part No.ADF4350BCPZ
HK$137.72
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- - - 4400MHz Surface Mount 2 137.5MHz LFCSP VQ 110 mA 32 5 x 5 x 1mm 4400MHz 1mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 650-122
Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT7046AE
HK$31.91
Each
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- - - - Through Hole 1 - PDIP - 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm - 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 662-4586
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC7046AM
HK$29.784
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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- - - - Surface Mount 1 - SOIC - 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm - 1.58mm 9.9mm