The LMK0480x family is the industrys highest performance clock conditioner with superior
clock jitter cleaning, generation, and distribution with advanced features to meet next generation
system requirements. The dual loop PLLatinum
architecture is capable of 111 fs rms jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz) using a low noise VCXO module or
sub-200 fs rms jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz) using a low cost external crystal and varactor
The dual loop architecture consists of two high-performance phase-locked loops (PLL), a
low-noise crystal oscillator circuit, and a high-performance voltage controlled oscillator (VCO).
The first PLL (PLL1) provides low-noise jitter cleaner functionality while the second PLL (PLL2)
performs the clock generation. PLL1 can be configured to either work with an external VCXO module
or the integrated crystal oscillator with an external tunable crystal and varactor diode. When
paired with a very narrow loop bandwidth, PLL1 uses the superior close-in phase noise (offsets
below 50 kHz) of the VCXO module or the tunable crystal to clean the input clock. The output of
PLL1 is used as the clean input reference to PLL2 where it locks the integrated VCO. The loop
bandwidth of PLL2 can be optimized to clean the far-out phase noise (offsets above 50 kHz) where
the integrated VCO outperforms the VCXO module or tunable crystal used in PLL1.
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