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How to select a reference crystal oscillator for RF frequency synthesizers, such as ADF4351?

Question asked by xubing on Feb 29, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 29, 2016 by rbrennan

Hi, everyone!

Here I have a question about the reference crystal oscillator for frequency synthesizers, such as ADF4351. The output frequency range is usually wide, for example the output range of ADF4351 is 35 MHz to 4400 MHz. The crystal oscillator has a decisive impact on the stability of the output frequency, especially for high freqency. Which parameters of the crystal oscillator should we focus on, the short term frequency stability or the the frequency stability over temperature?

Take the TCXO (Model TXO200B 25MHz) on EVAL-ADF4351 for example, its frequency stability over temperature is +/-2.5 ppm@25 deg C, and its root allan variance (1 second Tau) is 1.0 ppb. And the output freqency is 1422 MHz. What about the frequency stability of 1422 MHz? In my view of point, we should pay attention to the allan variance, that is there exist a 1.422 Hz jitter around center frequency 1422 MHz. And it is based on the assumption that there's on increased phase noise after the upconversion.


Best Regards!