Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences




A tunable reference clock frequency topology is presented as a spur reduction application for frequency synthesizers of fast frequency hopping spread spectrum systems. The method was verified by measurements on a designed hardware operating at L-band frequencies. This spur reduction method is based on optimizing the reference clock frequency of synthesizers to mitigate spurs. By using the spur reduction method, the power of spurious signals was reduced up to 57 dB. The performance of the spur reduction method was also analyzed at different loop-filter configurations. Smaller lock time was obtained by enlarging the bandwidth of the loop filter up to 150 kHz. The required power response of the spurious signals specified in telecommunication standards was achieved even though the loop filter bandwidth was enlarged.


Fast-frequency hopping spread spectrum, spurious-free, integer-boundary spur, synthesizer, fractional phase-lock loop, L-band, receiver, transmitter, RF phase-lock loop, spur mitigation

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