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Active and Passive Electronic Components
Volume 23 (2001), Issue 4, Pages 197-217

A Novel Coherent Digital Sweep Oscillator with Extremely Low Sweep Rates and Harmonic Distortion

1Etisalat College of Engineering, P.O. Box 980, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2Electrical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Received 30 July 2000; Accepted 12 September 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel technique to efficiently increase the resolution of coherent digital sweep oscillators based on look-up-table (LUT) methods is proposed. The increase in resolution measured in terms of sweep rates is achieved while maintaining very low levels of spurious harmonic distortion. The proposed technique increases the LUT length to a level at which the spurious harmonic distortion is negligible. The proposed technique is based on partitioning the address register into three sets and dividing the available LUT length into five smaller tables addressed according to the content of the three address register sets. The proposed technique is simulated and its performance is compared with that of the known sweep oscillators. The simulation results show that the proposed technique is superior to all sweep oscillators reported in the literature.