VCO Oscillators

VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) can also be known as silicon oscillators or VCOs. They are electronic devices designed to control oscillation frequency by varying the DC voltage input. Oscillation frequencies can be adjusted from a few Hz to hundreds of GHz. The VCO's can also work as modulators of both frequency and phase by delivering a modulating signal to the control input. Voltage Controlled Oscillators are also commonly used as an integral part of the phase-locked loop.

What are the types of VCO Oscillators?

Voltage Controlled Oscillators can be categorized into 2 types according to the type of waveform generated:

Linear / Harmonic Oscillator - this type of oscillator generates a sinusoidal type of waveform.

Relaxation Oscillator - This type of VCO is able to generate a triangular waveform or a sawtooth waveform.

What are the voltage controlled oscillators used for?

There are several typical applications of VCOs and they are:

  • Function Generators
  • Phase-Locked Loops
  • Tone Generators
  • Clock Generators
  • Electronic Jamming Equipment
  • Frequency Synthesizers

How to choose the right VCO?

  • Some key parameters that need to be considered before selecting the VCO are:
  • The Frequency Range - the minimum and maximum tunable oscillation frequency (MHz)
  • Output Power - The output power produced by the VCO (dbm)
  • Tuning Voltage - the voltage level applied to the device to tune and set the desired oscillation frequency (V)
  • Tunning Sensitivity - the level of variation of the oscillation frequency with different voltages applied to the VCO (MHz/V)
  • Supply Voltage - a DC Voltage required to correct operation (V)
  • Pulling - drift in the output frequency due to load variation (MHz/V)
  • Pushing - drift in the output frequency due to variation in the supply voltage (MHz/V)
  • Phase Noise - a clarity of the output signal from the VCO (dBc/Hz)

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Description Price Oscillator Type Output Frequency Frequency Stability Load Capacitance Package Type Output Level Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Dimensions Height Maximum Operating Supply Voltage Minimum Operating Supply Voltage Series
RS Stock No. 145-1166
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS624N
kr 31,17
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VCO 1.1 → 25 MHz - 45pF PDIP Squarewave 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
RS Stock No. 442-864
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS624N
kr 35,19
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VCO 1.1 → 25 MHz - 45pF PDIP Squarewave 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
RS Stock No. 917-3438
Mfr. Part No.LTC6908CS6-1#TRMPBF
kr 32,45
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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VCO 50 kHz 10 MHz 300ppm/√kh 5pF TSOT-23 CMOS -40 °C +85 °C 2.9 x 1.5 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 5.5 V 2.25 V -
RS Stock No. 672-1520
Mfr. Part No.FVXO-HC53BR-8.192
kr 39,36
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VCO 8.192 MHz ±50ppm 15pF - HCMOS -40 °C +85 °C 5 x 3.2 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 3.465 V 3.135 V -
RS Stock No. 160-2702
Mfr. Part No.HMC586LC4B
kr 2 238,764
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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VCO 4 → 8 GHz - - SMT - -40 °C +85 °C 4 x 4 x 1.2mm 1.2mm 5.5 V - Hittite
RS Stock No. 862-6089
Mfr. Part No.HMC385LP4E
kr 81,47
Each
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VCO 2.25 → 2.5 GHz - - QFN - -40 °C +85 °C 4.1 x 4.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.25 V 2.75 V Hittite
RS Stock No. 160-2670
Mfr. Part No.HMC584LP5E
kr 235,608
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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VCO 6.25 → 6.95 (Output 2) GHz, 12.5 → 13.9 (Output 1) GHz - - QFN - -40 °C +85 °C 5.1 x 5.1 x 1mm 1mm 5.25 V 4.75 V Hittite
RS Stock No. 806-2567
Mfr. Part No.MC100EL1648DG
kr 86,84
Each
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VCO 1.1 GHz - 6pF SOIC ECL -40 °C +85 °C 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5.5 V 4.2 V -
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RS Stock No. 190-4913
Mfr. Part No.MAX2608EUT+T
kr 10,496
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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VCO 300 500 MHz - 0.5pF SOT-23 - -40 °C +85 °C 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm - 2.7 V -
RS Stock No. 662-4573
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS628NE4
kr 30,748
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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VCO 1.1 → 25 MHz - 45pF PDIP Squarewave 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
RS Stock No. 672-1558
Mfr. Part No.FVXO-HC53BR-44.736
kr 53,17
Each
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VCO 44.736 MHz ±50ppm 15pF - HCMOS -40 °C +85 °C 5 x 3.2 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 3.465 V 3.135 V -
RS Stock No. 131-1242
Mfr. Part No.HMC1163LP5E
kr 313,26
Each
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VCO 9.65 → 10.41 GHz - - LFCSP - -40 °C +85 °C 5.1 x 5.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 5.5 V - HMC1163
RS Stock No. 862-6433
Mfr. Part No.HMC732LC4B
kr 1 537,87
Each
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VCO 6 → 12 GHz - - SMT - -40 °C +85 °C 4 x 4 x 1.2mm 1.2mm 5.5 V - Hittite
RS Stock No. 862-6152
Mfr. Part No.HMC509LP5E
kr 309,54
Each
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VCO 3.9 → 4.4 (Output 2) GHz, 7.8 → 8.8 (Output 1) GHz - - QFN - -40 °C +85 °C 5.1 x 5.1 x 1mm 1mm 5.25 V 4.75 V Hittite
RS Stock No. 923-2473
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS629N
kr 25,346
Each (In a Tube of 25)
Units
- - - - SOIC - 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
RS Stock No. 423-462
Mfr. Part No.LTC6908CS6-1#TRMPBF
kr 34,00
Each
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VCO 50 kHz → 10 MHz 300ppm/√kh 5pF TSOT-23 CMOS -40 °C +85 °C 2.9 x 1.5 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 5.5 V 2.25 V -
RS Stock No. 163-0465
Mfr. Part No.MC100EL1648DG
kr 74,657
Each (In a Tube of 98)
Units
VCO 1.1 GHz - 6pF SOIC ECL -40 °C +85 °C 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5.5 V 4.2 V -
RS Stock No. 672-1390
Mfr. Part No.FVXO-HC73BR-27
kr 53,13
Each
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VCO 27 MHz ±50ppm 15pF - HCMOS -40 °C +85 °C 7 x 5 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 3.465 V 3.135 V -
RS Stock No. 442-870
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS629N
kr 26,94
Each
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VCO 1.1 → 25 MHz - 45pF PDIP Squarewave 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
RS Stock No. 162-7068
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS628NE4
kr 25,42
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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- 1.1 → 25 MHz - 45pF SOIC Squarewave 0 °C +70 °C 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 5.25 V 4.75 V -
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