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November 14, 2006
Vectron International Launches New Ultra-Low Jitter Frequency Translators at electronica; Debuts World's Smallest Quartz-Based Offering

New Solutions Deliver Unsurpassed Jitter Performance, While Improving Time-To-Market, Lowering System Costs and Reducing Space Requirements

MUNICH, GERMANY Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, announced today the debut of its FX-730, the world's smallest quartz-based, ultra-low jitter frequency translator, at electronica 2006 in Munich, Germany. The company also announced the FX-427, a new dual-output, low jitter frequency translator. The new offerings provide clear advantages over solutions using digital phase-locked loop (DPLL) technology, including superior jitter performance and improved time to market for developers of wireline, wireless, military, industrial and test equipment. Vectron will showcase these new products in Hall B5, booth 237 from November 14-17.

While traditional discrete phase-locked loops (PLLs) require system designers to carefully select and combine a dozen or more radio frequency (RF), active and passive components, Vectron's highly integrated FX-730 and FX-427 frequency translators offer a single chip/module solution. By leveraging analog phase-locked loop (APLL) technology with integrated voltage controlled SAW oscillators (VCSOs), these new frequency translators can reduce OC-48 clock jitter by up to 130 percent (from 0.30 ps RMS to 0.13 ps RMS) versus traditional DPLLs.

"Continued advances in high-speed communication and measurement systems require higher levels of performance from system clocks and references," said Alan Mond, vice president, global sales, Vectron. "Vectron's new FX-730 and FX-427 frequency translators provide superior noise control in a simplified system design, reaffirming our commitment to providing our customers with the highest performance available for their innovative, next-generation applications."

FX-730 Quartz-Based Frequency Translator Offers World's Smallest Footprint
FX-730 The FX-730's packaging, a 5 x 7.5 x 2 mm hermetic leadless ceramic package, makes it the world's smallest, quartz-based, ultra-low jitter frequency translator. It is six times smaller than discrete PLLs and two times smaller than competitive DPLL solutions. The FX-730 leverages an advanced PLL ASIC and surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay line to deliver best-in-class jitter performance, including a 600 percent improvement in broadband jitter (10 Hz to 40 MHz offset BW from carrier) over silicon DPLLs. The FX-730 is very well-suited for applications where ultra-low jitter clocks are required, such as in SONET/SDH line cards, ITU-T G.709 FEC scaling, digital cross connects, IP routers and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) access equipment.

FX-427 Provides Dual-Output and Ultra-Low Jitter
FX-427 Vectron's new FX-427 dual-output, low jitter frequency translator provides system designers with superior quartz-based, APLL performance in a surface mount package of 13.7 x 20.3 x 5.1 mm. The FX-427 translates an input clock between 8 kHz to 200 MHz into a clean, low-level jitter output frequency between 500 MHz and 850 MHz. A secondary low jitter output is also available that can be configured in different amounts such as one quarter, one half, or equal to the frequency of the primary output. One of the most flexible PPL designs on the market, Vectron's FX-427 offers customers a broad range of input and output frequencies, while the loop filter bandwidth and voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) or voltage controlled SAW oscillator (VCSO) selection can be customized to the customer's application. This flexibility and ease of use reduces design time and provides the highest level of performance at an exceptional value.

Both frequency translators are ROHS-compliant, designed for 3.3V operation and offer complimentary LVPECL or LVDS output configurations. Commercial and industrial temperature ranges are supported. For additional information on Vectron's new frequency translator offerings or any other Vectron products please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions using the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Products include crystals and crystal oscillators; frequency translators; clock and data recovery products; SAW filters and components used in telecommunications, data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems. The company is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia.