Instrumenting 5G

The transition of test and measurement capabilities from 4G to 5G is not a simple step up. It is an evolutionary leap beyond the performance of current equipment in the development and operation ecosystem. A wider frequency spectrum. Unsurpassed millimeter wave bandwidths (28 GHz and 39 GHz). And standards that are forming but are still incomplete. These are just some of the challenges. And before they can be met, they have to be measured and tested.

We can help you do that with the broadest RF portfolio, the highest-performing converters, and deep expertise all along the signal chain.

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We’ve been getting ready for 5G for a long time.
Discover some of the insights, innovations, success stories, and latest industry developments right here.


Measuring the Impact of 5G

Randy Oltman looks at how electronic test and measurement (ETM) manufacturers can prepare for and benefit from 5G.

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Helping Customers Move toward a 5G Future

Learn how product expertise from Analog Devices helped Rohde & Schwarz meet the critical high-performance benchmarks for two new products.

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Wideband Receiver

Wideband Receiver for 5G, Instrumentation, and ADEF

Wideband ADC technology has matured to the point where RF sampling is possible for a wide range of applications once dominated by frequency translating designs.

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5G Standards Blog

As 5G gets closer, many questions need to be answered about how it will all work. Our experts keep you up to date with the latest in emerging 5G standards.

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ADS7-V2EBZ Circuit Diagram

Evaluation Kits

The ADS7-V2 Evaluation Board was developed to support the evaluation of Analog Devices high speed A/D converters, D/A converters and Transceivers with JESD204B bit rates up to 13.1 Gbps. The Quick Start Wiki site listed below provides a high level overview of the platform. In addition, each use case of the board has its own section (e.g. Using the ADS7-V2 for High Speed A/D Converter Evaluation). The ADS7-V2 is intended to be used only with specified Analog Devices Evaluation Boards. The ADS7-V2 is not intended to be used as a development platform, and no support is available for standalone operation. Please refer to Xilinx and its approved distributors for FPGA Development Kits


AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ Circuit Diagram

Evaluation Kits

The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ is a high-speed analog module designed to showcase the AD9361 in multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) applications. The AD9361 is a high performance, highly integrated RF transceiver that operates from 70 MHz to 6 GHz, and supports bandwidths from less than 200 kHz to 56 MHz. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ supports dual AD9361 devices, allowing for the creation of a 4x4 MIMO system. This platform is intended to enable the prototyping and development of many software defined radio applications, such as active antennas, transmit beamforming, and receive angle of arrival systems. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ board has both wideband channels covering the full 6 GHz range, as well as narrowband channels matched to 2.4GHz. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ also contains dual ADG918 SPDT switches, which create a calibration matrix between the two AD9361s. This switch matrix hardware, combined with the Analog Devices supplied API software, allow for a full digital and RF synchronization between the two AD9361s. The providing APIs also support full independent device configuration of the two AD9361s.

Because the AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ supports both narrow and wideband input and output connectivity, it provides RF engineers the ability to connect the AD9361 to a RF test bench (vector signal analyzer, signal generator, etc.) and measure narrowband performance, as well as providing software and system engineers the ability to quickly prototype across the full 6 GHz operating range. Additionally the AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ allows for both AD9361 devices to receive an on-board generated external LO signal, which can provide improved RF performance.

  • General purpose design suitable for any software-designed radio application
  • MIMO radio
  • Transmit beamforming and receive angle of arrival detection
  • Point to point communication systems
  • Femtocell/picocell/microcell base stations


EVAL-AD-FMCOMMS6-EBZ Circuit Diagram


Evaluation Kits

The AD-FMCOMMS6-EBZ eval board is a 400MHz to 4.4GHz receiver based on the AD9652 dual 16bit analog to digital converter, the ADL5566 High Dynamic Range RF/IF Dual Differential Amplifier and the ADL5380 quadrature demodulator.

This is an I and Q demodulation approach to direct convert (also known as a homodyne or zero IF) receiver architecture. Direct conversion radios perform just one frequency translation compared to a super-heterodyne receiver that can perform several frequency translations. One frequency translation is advantageous because it:

  • Reduces receiver complexity and the number of stages needed, increasing performance and reducing power consumption
  • Avoids image rejection issues and unwanted mixing

This topology will provide image rejection and early implementation of the differential signal environment. There is an amplification stage to maintain the full-scale input to the ACD. The local oscillator and ADC clock are on board and share the same reference signal prevent smearing. The form factor is VITA57 compliant and all of the DC power is routed from the data capture board through an FMC connector. This evaluation board demonstrates a high performance receiver signal chain aimed at military and commercial radar using “commercial off the shelf” (COTS) components. The overall circuit has a bandwidth of 220MHz with a pass band flatness of +/_ 1.0 dB. The SNR and SFDR measured at an IF of 145MHz are 64dB and 75dBc, respectively.