Mode selection in a multimode SAW oscillator using FM chirp mixing signal injection
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Mode-selection control of a multimode surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) oscillator has been obtained using SAW linear FM chirp signal injection. The prototype 60-100-MHz SAW oscillator design employed a single-phase unidirectional transducer (SPUDT) low-loss comb filter in the feedback loop, with minimum insertion loss of approximately 3.7 dB. Mode selection was achieved using an injection signal derived from the mixed output of two 27.5-52.5-MHz up- and down-chirp SAW filters. Mode switching times of less, similar2 mus were obtained. The device could be useful as a local oscillator on frequency-agile radars, where hopping is required over a moderate number of frequencies.
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