Dielectric resonator oscillators boast leading frequency stability

Dielectric resonator oscillators boast leading frequency stability

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Manufactured by L-3 Narda-MITEQ, the DRO-ST series are ruggedly constructed using thin-film hybrid microcircuit technology and are designed for operation under severe environmental stress in applications such as military satellite-communications systems.

These free-running oscillators achieve superior stability through their impressively low temperature coefficient of frequency drift – 5ppm/°C maximum – and a frequency pulling factor of less than 5 MHz peak-to-peak for a 1.5:1 VSWR varying through all phases.

Available with a choice of 13 operating frequency bands spanning 2.4 to 40 GHz, the devices deliver a minimum microwave output power of +13 dBm up to 16 GHz and +11 dBm between 16 and 40 GHz. The DROs exhibit low microphonics (noise caused by mechanical vibrations) and excellent phase noise performance, typically ranging from 105 dBc/Hz at 2.4 GHz to 70 dBc/Hz at 40 GHz for a 10 kHz frequency offset.

All RF connectors are female SMA types and, depending on the frequency band, package sizes range from 36.83- x 26.67- x 12.19-mm to 69.85- x 53.34- x 23.62-mm excluding connectors and tuning elements.

In addition to the standard range, the DROs can be optionally specified with voltage tuning, high output power capability and an extended temperature range of -54 to 95°C.

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