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Dummy

Jan 1, 1970
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Just a thought.
Is it possible to achieve very wide band frequency range by dividing
or multiplying the sythesizer frequency? Let's say a PLL generates
1Ghz - 1.5Ghz frequency. Maybe we could divide the frequency by 2 to
achieve 500MHz to 750MHz or multiply by 2 to obtain 2GHZ - 3GHZ? And
the divider is programmable.
 
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Kevin Aylward

Jan 1, 1970
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Dummy said:
Just a thought.
Is it possible to achieve very wide band frequency range by dividing
or multiplying the sythesizer frequency? Let's say a PLL generates
1Ghz - 1.5Ghz frequency. Maybe we could divide the frequency by 2 to
achieve 500MHz to 750MHz or multiply by 2 to obtain 2GHZ - 3GHZ? And
the divider is programmable.

Yes.

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Robert Lacoste

Jan 1, 1970
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You can also use a higher frequency VCO and a mixer : For example you can
find a 4-8GHz VCO, then mixing it with a fixed 4GHz frequency you got a
0-4GHz signal... (with some filtering...)

Cheers,
Robert Lacoste - ALCIOM : The mixed signals experts
http://www.alciom.com
 
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Bill Sloman

Jan 1, 1970
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Just a thought.
Is it possible to achieve very wide band frequency range by dividing
or multiplying the sythesizer frequency? Let's say a PLL generates
1Ghz - 1.5Ghz frequency. Maybe we could divide the frequency by 2 to
achieve 500MHz to 750MHz or multiply by 2 to obtain 2GHZ - 3GHZ? And
the divider is programmable.

You might want to look at YIG-tuned microwave oscillators

http://www.elva-1.spb.ru/products/microwave/yig-osc.html

where you can get a 4:1 frequency range. When I last looked, some
fifteen years ago, these were bulky and expensive devices that used
quite a lot of power, but they did offer a tuning range comfortably
wider than the 2:1 you want to start feeding a chain of dividers, and
the output is fairly clean, as tunable oscillators go.
 
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Dummy

Jan 1, 1970
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Possible to get a frequency multiplier circuit or IC?
If programmable divider can be programmed to 0.5, it would be equivalent to x2.
 
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Bill Sloman

Jan 1, 1970
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Possible to get a frequency multiplier circuit or IC?
If programmable divider can be programmed to 0.5, it would be equivalent to > x2.

I don't know. I looked at the yig-based tuneable oscillators, but
never got the chance to buy one and play with it. The URL I posted
listed oscillators going appreciably above your area of interest, so I
would have through that a frequency mutiplier would be unnecessary -
if you can get a reasonably clean oscillator at the highest frequency
you need, this should give you the least noisy, that is most
jitter-free, outputs from your dividers at the lower frequencies you
want.
 

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