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April 28, 2008
Vectron International Announces Comprehensive Low Jitter Frequency Control Product Support for Synchronous Ethernet

Frequency Translation and PLL Offerings Effectively Bridge Legacy and IP-based Networks, Meet Communications Customers' Demand for Seamless Performance

HUDSON, NH Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced that its precision quartz-based (phase-locked loops) products deliver low jitter timing distribution in support of the ITU G.8261 standard for synchronous Ethernet. Vectron's FX-424, CD-700 and FX-730 combine inherent high Q quartz-based oscillators with advanced performance PLL designs that enable communications customers to bridge high quality clock synchronization to the Ethernet.

"Vectron has a long heritage in both developing products and technologies that support SONET and Ethernet applications, and helping customers solve previously unsolved problems, establish competitive differentiation and evolve their platforms. This approach allows our customers to be well positioned to capitalize on the emerging Synchronous Ethernet market," said Paul Gilbride, director of market management, Vectron. "As Synchronous Ethernet has become increasingly prevalent in the telecommunications market, many of our customers are now looking to transition from traditional SONET timed and synchronized networks to Next-Generation Timing and Synchronized IP-based networks. Utilizing more than 50 years of design expertise and leveraging our CD-700, FX-730 and FX-424 products we can work closely with customers to do just that."

In today's ever changing telecommunications market, SONET / SDH infrastructure is not optimized for heavy data traffic, presenting service providers with scale and cost issues. Ethernet, as a packet-based technology, has become the main solution to these challenges, enabling service providers to deliver all offerings over a single link. However, timing sensitive applications and bandwidth optimization requires synchronization which is not possible with traditional Ethernet. For example, in cellular communications, synchronization helps to limit dropped calls and in content delivery to the home, synchronization enables network providers to optimize available bandwidth so consumers can watch their favorite shows in high definition. Synchronous Ethernet is an approach that enables synchronization to be distributed over the physical layer of the Ethernet network in similar way to the SONET / SDH standards.

The FX-424 is a precision quartz-based frequency translator that is ideally suited to translate an input frequency of 19.44 MHz to 156.25 MHz and can be used for low jitter timing on both the Clock Card and Line Card side of a Sychronous Ethernet Application. The FX-424 can perform either up or down frequency conversion. The FX-424's superior jitter performance is achieved through the use of a precision Vectron VCXO or VCSO. With the use of an external multiplexer, up to 4 different input clocks can be translated to a common output frequency. The FX-424 is designed with an inherent flexibility in mind, allowing it to be easily customized for non-standard applications.

The CD-700 is a 5x7 mm quartz-based phase lock loop solution that can be configured to remove clock jitter from noisy reference signals that are between 1 MHz to 80 MHz. Particular to Synchronous Ethernet, the CD-700 can phase-lock to a 25 MHz reference that varies as much as 100 ppm and can provide a "clock-smoothed" output with less than 1 ps-rms jitter. As with the FX series, the CD-700 derives its low jitter output from a precision Vectron VCXO. It also includes a digital phase detector, op-amp, and additional integrated functions for use in digital synchronization applications. Loop filter software is available as well SPICE models for circuit simulation.

The FX-730 is the industry's smallest analog PLL and is used as a low jitter precision frequency translator to translate input frequencies such as 19.44, 38.88, 77.76 MHz, etc. to a binary multiple frequency as high as 850 MHz. Similar to the CD-700, the FX-730 is also extremely useful for clock smoothing, but at higher frequencies such as jitter cleanup at 156.25MHz. The FX-730's superior jitter performance is achieved through the PLL's integrated VCSO. The FX-730 is housed in a hermetically sealed small form factor 5x7mm leadless surface mount package.

For more information on Vectron products that support synchronous Ethernet including the CD-700, FX-424, FX-730 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. Vectron solves complex timing, filtering and sensor challenges by delivering customized solutions that speed time to market and offer low total cost of ownership. Vectron uses the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Committed to the industry's highest quality service standard and complete satisfaction, Vectron International leverages its global footprint and 50 years of experience to help customers achieve competitive differentiation and improve their bottom line. Vectron International is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please call 1-88-VECTRON-1