Mercury Introduces New Microwave Synthesizer with Superior Phase Noise Performance

Mercury Systems has released a new high-performance direct digital synthesis (DDS)-based frequency synthesizer. The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer offers frequency coverage up to 20 GHz with a 1 Hz resolution and has industry-leading phase noise of 121 dBc/Hz at 10 GHz with 10 kHz offset. The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer has been designed to support the advanced frequency conversion requirements of customers and operates in the harshest environments. 

Ultra-low phase noise synthesizers are critical to electronic warfare (EW) and electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems that monitor large radio frequency (RF) bandwidths through either a channelized architecture or wide instantaneous bandwidth (IBW). Mercury’s DS-3000 synthesizer increases the operational range and performance of a customer’s EW or ELINT system by employing both low phase noise and high frequency stability to maximize a receiver’s sensitivity.

By exceeding the phase noise and frequency stability performance of other frequency generation products, Mercury’s innovative SpectrumSeries synthesizers provide next-generation EW systems with increased operational range, keeping the warfighter farther from the threat.

To support operation in harsh environments, Mercury’s synthesizer technology offers high performance over a wide temperature range of -30°C to +70°C, while minimizing the harmful effects of microphonics. Additionally, the ability to control the hardware through either a PC-based graphical user interface (GUI) or an SPI-bus makes these products well-suited for both benchtop operation and integration into ruggedized EW systems.

To maximize system flexibility, the DS-3000 is available in a standard temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)-based architecture as well as an ultra-low phase noise, oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO)-based architecture. For laboratory applications, this technology is also available as the SIG-20 benchtop signal generator.

Mercury is currently accepting orders for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. Click here to learn more.