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1.8GHz clock chip features three independent outputs

25 Nov 2015

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Linear Technology Corp. has announced a line-up of ultralow jitter 1.8GHz clock distribution chips with three independent outputs, each with its own divider and phase delay. The LTC6954 cuts the amount of introduced noise while dividing and distributing its input clock with less than 20fsRMS additive jitter over the 12kHz to 20MHz bandwidth, allowing the LTC6954 to deliver the low jitter clocks needed to achieve optimum signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) when driving high resolution data converters.


The LTC6954 from Linear Tech cuts the amount of introduced noise while dividing and distributing its input clock with less than 20fsRMS additive jitter over the 12kHz to 20MHz bandwidth.

Low jitter ADC clocking, for instance, is especially crucial when digitising high analogue frequencies such as RF or high IF signals. The LTC6954 family includes four versions, offering various combinations of LVPECL and LVDS/CMOS output logic drives. This provides the flexibility to optimally connect to a large number of devices accepting different logic signals.

Powered from a single 3.3V supply and programmed through SPI, the LTC6954 independently divides the input clock by any integer between one and 63, and also provides the capability to independently delay each of its outputs by zero through 63 input clock cycles. This facilitates the creation of phase-shifted clocks necessary, for instance, for driving the ADCs of the I- and Q-channels in communications systems.

In addition to its capability as an independent clock distributor, the LTC6954 features Linear Tech's propriety EZSyncT synchronisation method. Triggered by a simple pulse, EZSync synchronisation aligns the rising edges of multiple outputs from one or multiple chips to produce repeatable and deterministic phase relationships between all clock divider outputs. The LTC6954 can pair up with the LTC6950 as a follower to expand the number of low jitter edge-aligned clock outputs generated by the LTC6950.

LTC6954 block diagram

The LTC6954 is specified over the full operating junction temperature range of -40°C to 105°C and is offered in a 4mm x 7mm, 36-lead plastic QFN package. It is available in production, with pricing starting at $7.50 each in 1,000-piece quantities. Samples and demo boards are available.

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