Glossary Definition for Dual-Modulus-Prescaler

Glossary Term: Dual-Modulus-Prescaler 

Definition

A Dual-Modulus Prescaler (DMP) is an important circuit block used in frequency synthesizers to divide the high-frequency signal from the voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to a low-frequency signal by a predetermined divide ratio, either (N+1) or N, which is controlled by a swallow counter.

This low-frequency signal is then further divided by the main counter to the desired channel-spacing frequency which is then fed to the phase detector to form the closed feedback loop in frequency synthesizers.

Synonyms
  • DMP
Keywords

DMP

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