LMX2581E

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3.8-GHz wideband frequency synthesizer with integrated VCO

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Parameters

Integrated VCO Yes Output frequency (Min) (MHz) 50 Output frequency (Max) (MHz) 3800 Normalized PLL phase noise (dBc/Hz) -229 Current consumption (mA) 178 1/f noise (10-kHz offset at 1-GHz carrier) (dBc/Hz) -125 open-in-new Find other RF PLLs & synthesizers

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WQFN (RTV) 32 25 mm² 5 x 5 open-in-new Find other RF PLLs & synthesizers

Features

  • Output Frequency from 50 to 3800 MHz
  • Input Clock Frequency up to 900 MHz
  • Phase Detector Frequency up to 200 MHz
  • Supports Fractional and Integer Modes
  • –229 dBc/Hz Normalized PLL Phase Noise
  • –120.8 dBc/Hz Normalized PLL 1/f Noise
  • –137 dBc/Hz VCO Phase Noise at 1 MHz offset
    for a 2.5 GHz Carrier
  • 100 fs RMS Jitter in Integer Mode
  • Programmable Fractional ModulatorOrder
  • Programmable Fractional Denominator
  • Programmable Output Power up to 12 dBm
  • Programmable 32 Level Charge Pump Current
  • Programmable Option to Use an External VCO
  • Digital Lock Detect
  • 3-Wire Serial Interface and Readback
  • Single Supply Voltage from 3.15 V to 3.45 V
  • Supports Logic Levels down to 1.6 V
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Description

The LMX2581E is a low-noise wideband frequency synthesizer that integrates a delta-sigma fractional N PLL, multiple core VCO, programmable output divider, and two differential output buffers. The VCO frequency range is from 1880 to 3800 MHz and can be sent directly to the output buffers or divided down by even values from 2 to 38. Each buffer is capable of output power from –3 to +12 dBm at 2700 MHz. Integrated low-noise LDOs are used for superior noise immunity and consistent performance.

This synthesizer is a highly programmable device and it enables the user to optimize its performance. In fractional mode, the denominator and the modulator order are programmable and can be configured with dithering as well. The user also has the ability to directly specify a VCO core or entirely bypass the internal VCO. Finally, many convenient features are included such as power down, Fastlock, auto mute, and lock detection. All registers can be programmed through a simple 3-wire interface and a read back feature is also available.

The LMX2581E operates on a single 3.3 V supply and comes in a 32 pin 5.0 mm × 5.0 mm WQFN package.

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* Data sheet LMX2581E Wideband Frequency Synthesizer with Integrated VCO datasheet Jul. 27, 2015
User guide LMX2581EVM User's Guide (Rev. C) Nov. 25, 2013

Design & development

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Hardware development

EVALUATION BOARD Download
document-generic User guide
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Description

The LMX2581 Wideband frequency synthesizer allows the generation of a broad range of frequencies with excellent phase noise. The LMX2581 Reference Board (LMX2581EVM) is designed to assist in the evaluation of the LMX2581 in a system, as well as serve as a reference design for the customer’s (...)

Features
  • LED to indicate lock
  • Accomidations for on board external VCO or external oscillator input
  • Serial control through USB
EVALUATION BOARD Download
document-generic User guide
599
Description

The TSW16DX370EVM is a reference design board used to evaluate the high performance receiver IF super-heterodyne subsystem solution including the following products from Texas Instruments:

  • TRF37B32 dual down-converting mixer with integrated IF amplifier
  • LMH6521 dual digitally controlled variable gain (...)
Features
  • High linearity, low noise Superheterodyne sub-system reference design
  • Wide RF input range and greater than 100MHz of IF bandwidth
  • Quickly evaluate ADC performance through High Speed Data Converter Pro software
  • Simple connection to TSW14J56EVM data capture card or direct connection to FMC based Xilinx (...)

Software development

APPLICATION SOFTWARE & FRAMEWORK Download
Texas Instruments PLLatinum Simulator Tool
PLLATINUMSIM-SW The PLLATINUMSIM-SW simulator tool lets you create detailed designs and simulations of our PLLATINUM™ integrated circuits which include the LMX series of PLLs and synthesizers.
Features
  • Part selection based on current, cost, phase noise and package
  • Filter design up for passive and active filters up to 4th-order
  • Simulation of phase noise including PLL, fractional engine, voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), input, dividers, and loop filter
  • Simulation of spurs including phase detector (...)
APPLICATION SOFTWARE & FRAMEWORK Download
Texas Instruments Clocks and Synthesizers (TICS) Pro Software
TICSPRO-SW The TICS Pro software is used to program the evaluation modules (EVMs) for device numbers with these prefixes: CDC, LMK and LMX. These devices include PLLs and voltage-controlled oscillators (PLL+VCO), synthesizers and clocking devices.
Features
  • Program EVMs through the USB2ANY Interface Adaptor or onboard USB interface.
  • Export programming configurations for use in end application.

Design tools & simulation

SIMULATION MODEL Download
SNAM157.ZIP (54 KB) - IBIS Model
DESIGN TOOL Download
Clock tree architect programming software
CLOCK-TREE-ARCHITECT Clock tree architect is a clock tree synthesis tool that streamlines your design process by generating clock tree solutions based on your system requirements. The tool pulls data from an extensive database of clocking products to generate a system-level multi-chip clocking solution.
Features
  • Accepts customer specific design requirements such as input frequencies, output frequencies, clock formats and clock counts
  • Generates clock trees by taking into account a variety of advanced specifications, such as noise floor and phase determinism requirements
  • Presents clear and intuitive block (...)

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