RoHS compliant VCO for the L-band

September 17, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Z-Communications has announced an RoHS compliant VCO in the L-band, designated model USSP1217-LF. The VCO operates at 1210 to 1230 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 3.0 Vdc.

This miniaturized VCO features phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset while operating off a 3.3 Vdc supply and typically drawing only 13 mA of current.

The USSP1217-LF provides the end user an output power of 3±3 dBm into a 50-Ω load while operating over the industrial temperature range of -40 to 85 ºC. This robust VCO suppresses the second harmonic to better than -13 dBc and covers the frequency range with a tuning linearity of better than 1.1:1.

The VCO comes in the company's standard USSP package measuring a mere 0.2- x 0.2- x 0.06-inches (5.1- x 5.1- x 1.5-mm. It is available in tape and reel packaging for production requirements making it ideal for automated surface mount assembly and reflow.

The USSP1217-LF is well suited for mobile radio and satellite communication applications that require minimal power consumption as well as low phase noise.