Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer

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The ADF4153 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. There is a Σ-Δ based fractional interpolator to allow 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

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This page contains ordering information for the evaluation board used to evaluate the ADF4153 Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer.

This evaluation board requires an SDP Controller board for connection to the PC. The SDP controller board connects to the PC via USB 2.0. The evaluation board will connect to the SDP controller board. The evaluation board cannot be connected directly to the PC. The evaluation software running on the PC will communicate through the SDP Controller board, to the evaluation board. The SDP Controller board is a separate list item in the ordering guide below (EVAL-SDP-CS1Z). If you have not previously purchased an SDP Controller board, please do so to ensure a full evaluation setup.

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ADF4153 Companion parts

Recommended Linear Regulators

  • For high accuracy, 5V applications , we recommend the ADP3334 .
  • For a step up, 3V to 5V regulator , we recommend the ADP1613 .
  • For ultralow noise, 3V applications,150 mA output , we recommend the ADP150 .
  • For ultalow noise, 3V applications, 200 mA output , we recommend the ADP151 .

Recommended Divide-by-4 Prescaler

  • For a low noise, low power, fixed RF block , we recommend the ADF5001 .

Recommended Modulators/Demodulators

  • For broadband quadrature IF/RF signals , we recommend the ADL5375 or the ADL5380 .

Recommended PLL Active Filter

  • For an ultralow noise, rail-to-rail amplifier , we recommend the OP184 .

Recommended RF Mixers

  • For 10 MHz to 6 GHz, high dynamic range active mixers , we recommend the ADL5801 or the ADL5802 .

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