During the last few years, because of the many microwave/RF and wireless activities, interest in frequency synthesizers has grown rap idly. Synthesizers are found in test and measurement equipment, as well as in communication equipment. Many publications have emerged that look at some special aspects of synthesizers, but they do not cover both theoretical and practical aspects. This book is based on theoretical work I have done, courses I have given at George Washington University, and very recent developments set in motion at Compact Software, Inc., supported by a variety of government contracts. I have used software, predominantly from Compact Software, Inc., as a design aid. There are also other suppliers of similar software; however, we tend to have less access to these.

For individuals who are getting acquainted with oscillators and synthesizers, I strongly recommend getting the ARRL Handbook For Radio Amateurs, published by the American Radio Relay League, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. Chapter 14 on oscillators and synthesizers by David Stockton is a really nice first time introduction to this topic.

The book is divided into six chapters beginning with Chapter 1 loop fundamentals, which provides great detailed insight into settling time and other characteristics of the loop. The clear differentiation between analog and digital loops has proven to be quite useful, and topics like pull-in performance and acquisition are discussed in great detail.

Chapter 2

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