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AD9279:  Octal LNA/VGA/AAF/ADC and CW I/Q Demodulator

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The AD9279 is designed for low cost, low power, small size, and ease of use for medical ultrasound and automotive radar. It contains eight channels of a variable gain amplifier (VGA) with a low noise preamplifier (LNA), an antialiasing filter (AAF), an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and an I/Q demodulator with programmable phase rotation.

Each channel features a variable gain range of 45 dB, a fully differential signal path, an active input preamplifier termination, and a maximum gain of up to 52 dB. The channel is optimized for high dynamic performance and low power in applications where a small package size is critical.

The LNA has a single-ended-to-differential gain that is selectable through the SPI. Assuming a 15 MHz noise bandwidth (NBW) and a 21.3 dB LNA gain, the LNA input SNR is roughly 94 dB. In CW Doppler mode, each LNA output drives an I/Q demod-ulator that has independently programmable phase rotation with 16 phase settings.

Power-down of individual channels is supported to increase battery life for portable applications. Standby mode allows quick power-up for power cycling. In CW Doppler operation, the VGA, AAF, and ADC are powered down. The ADC contains several features designed to maximize flexibility and minimize system cost, such as a programmable clock, data alignment, and programmable digital test pattern generation. The digital test patterns include built-in fixed patterns, built-in pseudo random patterns, and custom user-defined test patterns entered via the serial port interface.


8 channels of LNA, VGA, AAF, ADC, and I/Q demodulator

  • Low power : 141 mW per channel, TGC mode, 40 MSPS;
    60 mW per channel, CW mode
  • 10 mm × 10 mm, 144-ball CSP-BGA
  • TGC channel input-referred noise: 0.8 nV/√Hz, max gain
  • Flexible power-down modes
  • Fast recovery from low power standby mode: <2us
  • Overload recovery: <10 ns

Low noise preamplifier (LNA)

  • Input-referred noise: 0.75 nV/√Hz , gain = 21.3 dB
  • Programmable gain: 15.6 dB/17.9 dB/21.3 dB
  • 0.1 dB compression: 1000 mV p-p/750 mV p-p/450 mV p-p
  • Dual-mode active input impedance matching
  • Bandwidth (BW) > 100 MHz

Variable gain amplifier (VGA)

  • Attenuator range: −45 dB to 0 dB
  • Postamp gain (PGA): 21 dB/24 dB/27 dB/30 dB
  • Linear-in-dB gain control

Antialiasing filter (AAF)

  • Programmable second-order LPF from 8 MHz to 18 MHz
  • Programmable HPF

Analog-to-digital converter (ADC)

  • SNR: 70 dB, 12 bits up to 80 MSPS
  • Serial LVDS (ANSI-644, Low power/reduced signal)

CW mode I/Q demodulator

  • Individual programmable phase rotation
  • Output dynamic range per channel: >160 dBc/√Hz
  • Output-referred SNR: 155 dBc/√Hz, 1kHz offset, -3dBFS

Functional Block Diagram for AD9279

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

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AD9279 Evaluation Board, ADC-FMC Interposer & Xilinx ML605 Reference Design FPGA HDL HTML

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Product Recommendations & Reference Designs

Companion Products

Suggested Companion Products

Recommended Gain Control of VGA for the AD9279 Recommended Clock Drivers for the AD9279
  • For low jitter performance and integrated VCO, we recommend the AD9520-0 and AD9522-0.
  • For low jitter, low power, clock fanout buffers, we suggest the ADCLK846 or ADCLK946.
Recommended Driver Amplifiers for the AD9279
  • For I-to-V conversion and ADC driver in CW signal path, we recommend the ADA4896-2 or the ADA4897-2.
Recommended A/D Converter for the AD9279
  • For sampling the I and Q signals in analog beamforming applications, we recommend the AD7982.
Recommended Power Solutions
  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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AD9279-65EBZ Status: Production Evaluation Board $250.00 Yes -
AD9279-80KITZ Status: Production Evaluation Board $1,100.00 Yes -

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