ANALOG DEVICES INTRODUCES DUAL 14-BIT ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER FOR 3G AND WIMAX BASE STATIONS

Supporting sampling rates to 150 MSPS, the dual 14-bit ADC meets the sampling rate requirements for all wireless standards, including WiMAX.
AD9640

Norwood, MA (12/18/2006) - Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and leading provider of data conversion technology, today introduced the first dual 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to achieve sampling rates of 150 mega samples per second (MSPS). Supporting all third-generation (3G) base station wireless standards, including W-CDMA, CDMA2000 and TD-SCDMA, the AD9640 is the only dual 14-bit ADC that samples at rates beyond 135 MSPS, a common requirement for the emerging WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) standard.

Prior to the AD9640, sampling rates beyond 135 MSPS could only be realized by utilizing single-channel ADCs. With the AD9640, base station designers are able to reach higher sampling rates with one dual ADC, enabling a 50 percent reduction in board space requirements. Additionally, the AD9640 simplifies the design of multicarrier wireless infrastructure systems by decreasing the amount of analog filtering in front of the ADC and offering low power consumption.

“Today’s base station manufacturers are faced with designing for a variety of 3G wireless standards, as well as the emerging WiMAX standard, while also focusing on reducing costs,” said Kevin Kattmann, product line director, High Speed Signal Processing Group, Analog Devices. “Addressing this challenge, the AD9640 offers the performance and sample rate required for these standards, but also provides the low power, small size and digital features to lower overall system costs.”

High Performance Combined with Low Power Consumption
The new ADC delivers best-in-class performance, while only consuming 390 mW of power per channel. The AD9640 offers signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 72.7 dBFS and spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) of 85 dBc with a 70 MHz intermediate frequency (IF), and is also capable of supporting IFs as high as 450 MHz, enabling WiMAX designers to use a single downconversion receiver design instead of the traditional two downconversion stages. For optimal performance, the AD9640 can be driven with ADI’s AD8352 low distortion differential amplifier.

The AD9640 divides the input clock by an integer between 1 and 8, reducing system complexity and improving clock jitter. In a traditional base station transmitter, the digital-to-analog converters (DACs), such as ADI’s AD9779, will have a higher clock rate, which is divided down to match the ADC. By implementing the clock divider on-chip, the AD9640 eliminates the need for an external divider. In addition, the phase noise of the source improves in proportion to the divide ratio.

Digital Features Lower System Cost
Incorporated on the AD9640 are digital features that reduce system costs by simplifying the automatic gain control (AGC) loop in the receiver. The new converter is the industry’s first to integrate digital features including a block that monitors the incoming composite signal power, and indicates whether the gain of the receiver needs to be increased or decreased. While the signal monitor block can act as a slow mechanism to change the receiver gain, the AD9640 also includes fast detect (FD) modes, allowing designers to detect an input overrange condition in as little as 2 clock cycles, immediately reducing the gain to avoid overdriving the analog front end. In addition to providing clipping information, the FD bits have programmable thresholds that are useful in optimizing the receiver AGC loop.

Availability and Pricing
The AD9640 is sampling now with production quantities available in April 2007. The ADC is available in 12- and 14-bit resolutions with sample rates of 80, 105, 125 and 150 MSPS. CMOS and LVDS output modes are supported. The 14-bit ADC is priced between $37.50 and $87.50 and the 12-bit ADC is priced between $25.05 and $47.97 in 1,000-piece quantities. Both versions are packaged in 9 mm × 9 mm, 64-lead LFCSP (lead-frame chip-scale package) packages. For more information or to download the ADIsimADC™ behavioral design model for this product, visit www.analog.com/pr/AD9640.

Analog Devices’ Wireless Infrastructure Solutions
From discrete to complete solutions, Analog Devices offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of wireless infrastructure ICs in the industry. ADI delivers hundreds of products for the wireless infrastructure market in 2G/3G/4G cellular, WiMAX, microwave, repeater and satellite for single or multicarrier, direct conversion, IF sampling or superheterodyne radio designs. Among its extensive offerings are RF and IF building block components, RF subsystems, data converters, clock distribution, thermal and power management, power detection and digital signal processing systems based on the TigerSHARC® processor. ADI views the market from a solutions perspective, applying its technical resources, packaging and module technology, and simulation tools to build a worldwide leadership position in wireless infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.analog.com/WIFR

About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

ADIsimADC™ is a trademark, and TigerSHARC® is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Charlotte Betterley
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