16-Bit, 12 GSPS, RF DAC and Digital Upconverter

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Product Details

The AD9163 is a high performance, 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that supports data rates to 6 GSPS. The DAC core is based on a quad-switch architecture coupled with a 2× interpolator filter that enables an effective DAC update rate of up to 12 GSPS in some modes. The high dynamic range and bandwidth makes this DAC ideally suited for the most demanding high speed radio frequency (RF) DAC applications.

SSuperior RF performance and deep interpolation rates enable use of the AD9163 in many wireless infrastructure applications, including MC-GSM, W-CDMA, LTE, and LTE-A. The wide bandwidth of up to 1 GHz and the complex NCO and digital upconverter enable dual band and triple band direct RF synthesis of wireless infrastructure signals, eliminating costly analog upconverters.

Wide analog bandwidth capability combines with high dynamic range to support DOCSIS 3.1 cable infrastructure compliance from the minimum of one carrier up to 1 GHz of signal bandwidth, making it ideal for cable multiple dwelling unit (MDU) applications. A 2× interpolator filter (FIR85) enables the AD9163 to be config-ured for lower data rates and converter clocking to reduce the overall system power and ease the filtering requirements. In Mix-Mode operation, the AD9163 can reconstruct RF carriers in the second and third Nyquist zones up to 7.5 GHz while still maintaining exceptional dynamic range. The output current can be programmed from 8 mA to 38.76 mA. The AD9163 data interface consists of up to eight JESD204B serializer/deserializer (SERDES) lanes that are programmable in terms of lane speed and number of lanes to enable application flexibility.

A serial peripheral interface (SPI) configures the AD9163 and monitors the status of all the registers. The AD9163 is offered in a 169-ball, 11 mm × 11 mm, 0.8 mm pitch CSP_BGA package.

Product Highlights

  1. High dynamic range and signal reconstruction bandwidth supports RF signal synthesis of up to 7.5 GHz.
  2. Up to eight lanes JESD204B SERDES interface flexible in terms of number of lanes and lane speed.
  3. Bandwidth and dynamic range to meet multi-band wireless communications standards with margin.


  • Broadband communications systems
    • DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem termination system (CMTS)/ video on demand (VOD)/ edge quadrature amplitude modulation (EQAM)
  • Wireless communications infrastructure
    • MC-GSM, W-CDMA, LTE, LTE-A, point to point

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The AD9161, AD9162, AD9163, and AD9164 evaluation boards are all FMC form-factor boards with FMC connector that complies to the Vita 57.1 standard. There are three variants of the board (-FMC, -FMCB, -FMCC) that accommodate slightly different Bills of Material (BOMs).

  • The -FMC boards are designed for the 8x8mm package variant of the AD9162 and AD9164 and use a Marki Microwave wideband balun on the DAC output.
  • The -FMCB boards are designed for the same 8x8mm package variant of the AD9162 and AD9164, and use a Mini-Circuits balun on the DAC output.
  • The -FMCC boards are designed for the 11x11mm package variant and accommodates all four of the AD9161, AD9162, AD9163, and AD9164. It also uses a Mini-Circuits balun on the DAC output.

To operate the evaluation boards, the user must attach the board to a compatible FMC carrier board, such as those provided by FPGA vendors. Analog Devices produces an FPGA carrier called the ADS7-V2, which serves as a digital pattern generator or data source as well as the power supply for the boards. The AD9162 and AD9164 boards have an option to be powered from a lab power supply when used in a special NCO-only mode. This operation is described in more detail in the User's Guide. The user must be able to observe the DAC output on a spectrum analyzer. A low noise clock source is provided on the evaluations boards, the ADF4355 PLL, and an option exists for the user to supply a low jitter external sine or square wave clock as a clock source instead. The evaluation board comes with software, called ACE, which allows the user to program the SPI port. Via the SPI port, the DUT (and clock circuitry) can be programmed into any of its various operating modes.

Documentation and software updates for using High-Speed DAC Evaluation Boards are included in individual, self-extracting update files.

Evaluation Boards Differences

The differences between the AD9161, AD9162, AD9163, and AD9164 FMC boards are the DAC, package, and its output Balun are shown in the User Guide. For example, the AD916x-FMCx-EBZ uses the Marki BAL-0009SMG and the AD916x-FMCB-EBZ uses the Mini-Circuits TC1-1-43A+.

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