An Improved Triple-Tunable Millimeter-Wave Frequency Synthesizer with High Performance

Yuanwang YANG  Jingye CAI  Haiyan JIN  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E94-C   No.11   pp.1802-1806
Publication Date: 2011/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E94.C.1802
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: BRIEF PAPER
Category: Electronic Circuits
Keyword: 
direct digital synthesizer,  phase locked loop,  spurious component,  multiple-tune,  

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Summary: 
In this letter, an improved triple-tunable frequency synthesizer structure to achieve both high frequency resolution and fast switching speed without degradation of spurious signals (spurs) level performance is proposed. According to this structure, a high performance millimeter-wave frequency synthesizer with low spurious, low phase noise, and fast switching speed, is developed. This synthesizer driven by the direct digital synthesizer (DDS) AD9956 can adjust the output of a DDS and frequency division ratios of two variable frequency dividers (VFDs) to move the spurious components outside the loop bandwidth of the phase-locked loop (PLL). Moreover, the ADF4252 based microwave PLL can further suppress the phase noise. Experimental results from the implemented synthesizer show that remarkable performance improvements have been achieved.