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ADF4153A:  Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The ADF4153A is a fractional-N frequency synthesizer that implements local oscillators in the upconversion and downconversion sections of wireless receivers and transmitters. It consists of a low noise digital phase frequency detector (PFD), a precision charge pump, and a programmable reference divider. A sigma-delta (Σ-Δ) based fractional interpolator allows programmable fractional-N division. The INT, FRAC, and MOD registers define an overall N divider (N = (INT + (FRAC/MOD))). In addition, the 4-bit reference counter (R counter) allows selectable REFIN frequencies at the PFD input. A complete phase-locked loop (PLL) can be implemented if the synthesizer is used with an external loop filter and a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO).

A simple 3-wire interface controls all on-chip registers. The device operates with a power supply ranging from 2.7 V to 3.3 V and can be powered down when not in use.

  • CATV equipment
  • Base stations for mobile radio (GSM, PCS, DCS, WiMAX,
    SuperCell 3G, CDMA, W-CDMA)
  • Wireless handsets (GSM, PCS, DCS, CDMA, W-CDMA)
  • Wireless LANs, PMR
  • Communications test equipment


  • RF bandwidth to 4 GHz
  • 2.7 V to 3.3 V power supply
  • Separate VP allows extended tuning voltage
  • Programmable fractional modulus
  • Programmable charge pump current
  • 3-wire serial interface
  • Analog and digital lock detect
  • Power-down mode
  • Pin-compatible with ADF4106/ADF4110/ADF4111/ADF4112/ ADF4113 and ADF4153
  • Consistent RF output phase
  • Loop filter design possible with ADIsimPLL

Functional Block Diagram for ADF4153A


Title Content Type File Type
ADF4153A: Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer Data Sheet (Rev A, 01/2013) (pdf, 4002 kB) Data Sheets PDF
Fundamentals of Frequency Synthesis, Part 1: Phased Locked Loops
The first of a two-part series on frequency synthesis, with an introduction to Phased Locked Loops. This webcast looks at the need for frequency generation, the techniques from the past present and future, and how to assess the performance of a frequency synthesis, and real world applications. Particular attention will be focused on Phase Locked Loops (PLL's) as frequency synthesizers.
Webcasts WEBCAST
UG-485: Evaluation Board for the ADF4153A Fractional-N PLL Frequency Synthesizer  (pdf, 672 kB) User Guides PDF
UG-476: PLL Software Installation Guide  (pdf, 520 kB) User Guides PDF
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
Fractional-N Software  (zip, 12062 kB) Evaluation Software ZIP

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Product Recommendations & Reference Designs

Companion Products

Suggested Companion Products

Recommended RF Mixers for the ADF4153A
  • For 10 MHz to 6 GHz high dynamic range active mixers, we recommend the ADL5801 or the dual ADL5802.
Recommended Modulators/Demodulators for the ADF4153A
  • For broadband quadrature IF/RF signals, we recommend the ADL5375 and the ADL5380.
Recommended Divide-by-4 Prescaler for the ADF4153A
  • For a low noise, low power, fixed RF block, we recommend the ADF5001.
Recommended PLL Active Filter for the ADF4153A
  • For an ultralow noise, rail-to-rail amplifier, we recommend the OP184.
Recommended Linear Regulators for the ADF4153A
  • For ultralow noise, 3V applications,150mA output, we recommend the ADP150.
  • For ultralow noise, 3V applications, 200mA output, we recommend the ADP151.
  • For high accuracy, 5V applications, we recommend the ADP3334.
  • For a step up, 3V to 5V regulator, we recommend the ADP1613.

Recommended Power Solutions

  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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ADF4153A Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
ADF4153ABCPZ Status: Production 20 ld LFCSP 4x4mm (2.6EP) 20 Ind Tray, 490 $2.41 $2.05 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
ADF4153ABCPZ-RL7 Status: Production 20 ld LFCSP 4x4mm (2.6EP) 20 Ind Reel, 1500 - $2.05 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
ADF4153ABRUZ Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Tube, 96 $2.41 $2.05 Y  Material Info Notify Me Purchase Sample
ADF4153ABRUZ-RL7 Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Reel, 1000 - $2.05 Y  Material Info Notify Me Purchase Sample
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ADF4153A Evaluation Board
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
EV-ADF4153ASD1Z Status: Production Evaluation Board $150.00 Yes -
EVAL-SDP-CS1Z Status: Contact ADI SDP-S Controller Board - Interface to EV-ADF4153ASD1Z (also required) $49.00 Yes -

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