National Semiconductor’s Clock Jitter Cleaners Eliminate Need for VCXO Modules

15th October 2008
ES Admin
National Semiconductor has introduced the industry’s first family of clock jitter cleaners capable of providing ultra low-noise clocks without external high-performance voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) modules. Using a simple external crystal and cascaded PLLatinum architecture, National’s new clock jitter cleaners provide sub-200 femtosecond (fs) root-mean-square (RMS) jitter to improve system performance and accuracy. This level of performance rivals the most expensive VCXO modules.
The new LMK04000 family consists of five precision clock conditioners: LMK04000B, LMK04001B, LMK04011B, LMK04031B and LMK04033B. These devices feature power-to-noise specifications that place them among National’s PowerWise® family of energy-efficient products. The LMK04000B and LMK04001B offer 24.4 mW-ps per channel, while the LMK04031B and LMK04033B are rated at 25.4 mW-ps per channel and the LMK04011B is 37.4 mW-ps per channel.

The LMK04000 devices provide clean clocks to analog-to-digital converters (ADC), digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and other high-performance components used in wireless infrastructure, test and measurement, and medical ultrasound and imaging equipment. Wireless base station applications include single-carrier and multi-carrier GSM (GSM), Long Term Evolution (LTE), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks.

These clock conditioners are well-matched to work with National's high-speed op amps and ADCs -- such as the LMH6552 fully differential amplifier, LMH6514/15 digital variable gain amplifiers and ADC14V155 high-bandwidth 14-bit ADC -- to provide a complete signal-path system solution.

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