Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 • Category: FM Transmitters
Here's a PLL FM Transmitter using LMX1601, ATtiny2313 or AT90S2313 microcontrollers. The common characteristic of all of the previous low power FM transmitters I've built over the decades, is that their operating frequency is determined by an LC resonant circuit. Some of them had excellent stability, some of them didn't, but I had always wanted to make one that is crystal controlled. Various schemes had been considered from time-to-time, including the direct approach of modulating the load capacitance of a a crystal oscillator, a whimsical phase modulation scheme involving a phase shifter, some balanced modulators, and limiting amplifiers, and at times, the down-to-earth and sober approach of modulating a VCO within a phase locked loop (PLL). While browsing Digikey's online catalog, I found the LMX1601 frequency synthesizer chip and thought: "Just maybe, the PLL approach is finally within my grasp."
The LMX1601, which apparently was designed for use in cell phones, includes everything need to make two phase locked loops except for the VCOs. More importantly, one of the PLLs, specifically the "AUX" PLL, is specified to work in the FM broadcast band. The LMX1600 and the LMX1602 were also considered, but the LMX1601 was selected because it has a "500 MHz option", meaning that it can work down to about 50 MHz. 3V FM Transmitter Simple RF Power Meter Stereo FM Transmitter with BA1404 500mW FM / VHF Transmitter Amplifier / Booster Solar Powered Long Range FM Transmitter 1W 87-110MHz FM Transmitter with 2N3886 Amplifier 1W Linear FM Amplifier 2W RF Amplifier For 24/23 CM 80W RF Amplifier 88-108 MHz 30W VHF FM Amplifier for 88 - 108 MHz with BLF245 MOSFET
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