phase-locked loop

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phase-locked loop

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(electronics)
A circuit that consists essentially of a phase detector which compares the frequency of a voltage-controlled oscillator with that of an incoming carrier signal or reference-frequency generator; the output of the phase detector, after passing through a loop filter, is fed back to the voltage-controlled oscillator to keep it exactly in phase with the incoming or reference frequency. Abbreviated PLL.
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The performance of the phase-lock loop is below this level.

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