[time-nuts] 4046 replacement

Charles Steinmetz csteinmetz at yandex.com
Wed Apr 18 16:57:37 EDT 2018

Rick wrote:

> The book is incorrect.  A patent issued in 1976 (US4023116A)
> covering the Fairchild 11C44 developed by Eric Breeze predates
> the EDN article by several years.  I still remember the big
> splash the 11C44 made when it was introduced in 1976. The Fairchild
> ECL data book had a famous graph comparing it to the MC4044
> in the dead zone.

The attached graph is the one I remember.  Note that, while the 11C44 
was better than the MC4044, neither one was really very linear near zero 
error.  Good multichip PFD designs of the era outperformed both of them.

Best regards,


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