100 MHz TO 4000 MHz RF/IF Digitally Controlled VGA

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The ADL5243 is a high performance, digitally controlled variable gain amplifier operating from 100 MHz to 4000 MHz.

The VGA integrates two high performance amplifiers and a digital step attenuator (DSA). Amplifier 1 (AMP1) is an internally matched gain block amplifier with 20 dB gain, and Amplifier 2 (AMP2) is a broadband ¼ W driver amplifier that requires very few external tuning components. The DSA is 6-bit with a 31.5 dB gain control range, 0.5 dB steps, and ±0.25 dB step accuracy. The attenuation of the DSA can be controlled using a serial or parallel interface.

The gain block and DSA are internally matched to 50 Ω at their inputs and outputs, and all three internal devices are separately biased. The separate bias allows all or part of the ADL5243 to be used, which allows for easy reuse throughout a design. The pinout of the ADL5243 also enables the gain block, DSA, or ¼ W driver amplifier to be first, giving the VGA maximum flexibility in a signal chain.

The ADL5243 consumes 175 mA and operates off a single supply ranging from 4.75 V to 5.25 V. The VGA is packaged in a thermally efficient, 5 mm × 5 mm, 32-lead LFCSP and is fully specified for operation from −40°C to +85°C. A fully populated evaluation board is available.


  • Wireless infrastructure
  • Automated test equipment
  • RF/IF gain control

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This product has been released to the market. The data sheet contains all final specifications and operating conditions. For new designs, ADI recommends utilization of these products.

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ADL5243-EVALZ is a fully populated, 4-layer, Rogers 3003-based evaluation board. For normal operation, it requires a 5 V/200 mA power supply. The evaluation board can be programmed through the USB port of a PC running Windows XP or Vista with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installed. The required control software can be downloaded from . The DSA and the amplifiers can be individually biased to the clip leads labeled VCC1, VCC2, VDD and GND as well as connected to the VDD plane using R1, R2 and R11. ADL5243-EVALZ can be configured with AMP1 driving DSA driving AMP2 using the available resistor and capacitor pads.

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