Arrow RF & Power, officially doing business as Richardson RFPD, announced the availability and full design support capabilities for a new high-performance Integer-N phase-locked loop (PLL) from Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.

The PE33241 is capable of frequency synthesis up to 5 GHz and offers a low phase noise figure of merit. This improves the signal-to-noise ratio of the LO output, improving performance of the frequency conversion stages. It is designed for use in a range of industrial and military low phase noise applications, including point-to-point radios, wireless infrastructure, and CATV equipment.

The PE33241 offers superior phase noise performance with a direct or serial programming option. It features a selectable prescaler modulus of 5/6 or 10/11, counters, and a phase comparator. Counter values are programmable through a serial interface, or they can be directly hard-wired.

The new PLL is available in a 48-lead, 7 x 7 mm QFN and is manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® process, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, offering excellent RF performance.

According to Peregrine, additional key features of the PE33241 include:

Frequency range

  • 5 GHz in 10/11 prescaler modulus
  • 4 GHz in 5/6 prescaler modulus

Phase noise floor figure of merit: -230 dBc/Hz

Low power: 75 mA typical @ 2.8 V

Internal phase detector

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