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AD8346:  2.5 GHz Direct Conversion Quadrature Modulator

Product Details

The AD8346 is a silicon I / Q quadrature modulator, designed to be used from 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz. The part is optimized for lower power applications, yet provides a very low noise floor and high output power for the given supply current.

The AD8346 requires only –10 dBm LO drive level and provides a fully specified 50 ohm buffered output.

The part provides excellent amplitude and phase balance and sideband suppression specifications to enable higher order / capacity QAM modulated radios.

Additionally the AD8346 has been tested and provides –72 dBc ACPR when used in a direct up-conversion CDMA IS95 modulator.

The AD8346 is supplied in 16-lead Thin Shrunk Small Outline (TSSOP) package, and fully specified over –40 to 85 degC temperature range.

Samples part number (AD8346ARU) and an evaluation board, part number (AD8346-EVAL) are available

Other Modulator / Demodulator Products

AD8345 - 250 MHz - 1 GHz RF / IF Quadrature Modulator

AD8347 – 800 MHz - 2.7 GHz RF / IF Quadrature Demodulator

AD8349 – 800 MHz - 2.7 GHz Direct Up-Conversion Quadrature Modulator


  • Output Frequency range 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz
  • I/Q Base-band Frequency range dc – 70 MHz
  • Output Power –3 dBm P1 dB
  • Noise Floor –147 dBm/Hz
  • Quadrature Phase Accuracy 1 deg rms
  • Amplitude Balance 0.2 dB
  • Low Power with Power Down Function
  • Single 2.7 V – 5.5 V Supply
  • Pin compatible with AD8345 / AD8349

Functional Block Diagram for AD8346


Title Content Type File Type
AD8346: 0.8 GHz-2.5 GHz Quadrature Modulator Data Sheet  (Rev A, 06/2005) (pdf, 397 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-1039: Correcting Imperfections in IQ Modulators to Improve RF Signal Fidelity  (pdf, 202 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-924: Digital Quadrature Modulator Gain  (pdf, 105 kB) Application Notes PDF
Detecting Fast RF Bursts using Log Amps  (pdf, 174 kB)
by Yuping Toh, Analog Devices, Inc.
Technical Articles PDF
Single Chip Realizes Direct-Conversion Rx  (pdf, 2518 kB)
... Direct-conversion Rxs offer advantages in simplicity compared to conventional superheterodyne approaches, although attention must be paid to some of the trade-offs.
(Microwaves & RF, October 2002)
Technical Articles PDF
Simplifying Direct-Conversion Tx Paths in Wireless Designs
(CommsDesign, 11/6/2002)
Technical Articles HTML
Single-Sideband Upconversion of Quadrature DDS Signals to the 800-to-2500-MHz Band
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 34, No. 3, May, 2000)
Analog Dialogue HTML
AD8348 is among EDN's Top 100 Products
(EDN, December 2003)
Product Reviews HTML
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Leading Inside Advertorials: Broadband I/Q Modulator Eases Radio Design  (pdf, 69 kB) Overview PDF
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
ADI’s ADIsimRF design tool provides calculations for the most important parameters within the RF signal chain, including cascaded gain, noise figure, IP3, P1dB, and total power consumption.
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ADIsimPLL™- Version 3.60.10
ADIsimPLL enables the rapid and reliable evaluation of new high performance PLL products from ADI. It is the most comprehensive PLL Synthesizer design and simulation tool available today. Simulations performed include all key non-linear effects that are significant in affecting PLL performance. ADIsimPLL removes at least one iteration from the design process, thereby speeding the design- to-market.
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Evaluation Kits & Symbols & Footprints

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Symbols and Footprints— Analog Devices offers Symbols & Footprints which are compatible with a large set of today’s CAD systems for broader and easier support.

Product Recommendations & Reference Designs

Companion Products

Suggested Companion Products

Recommended PLL's for the AD8346

  • For high performance with integrated VCO, we recommend the ADF4350.
  • For lower cost, power and size with integrated VCO, we recommend the ADF4360-X family of fixed frequency PLL's.
  • For higher performance, higher frequency and faster locktimes, we recommend the discrete Integer-N, ADF4106 or the discrete Fractional-N, ADF4156.
Recommended RF/IF Driver Amplifiers and Gain Blocks for the AD8346
  • For the full listing of frequency and driving level options, we recommend the ADL5xxx selection table.
Recommended Differential Dual Baseband TxDAC's for the AD8346
  • For generating differential I and Q currents up to 125MSPS, we recommend the AD911X pin compatible family of low power, small size, TxDAC's like the AD9117.
  • For even lower power requirements up to 125MSPS, we recommend the pin compatible AD971X family of TxDAC's like the AD9717.
  • For higher bandwidths using data rates up to 250MSPS, with low noise and IMD, we recommend the pin compatible AD974X family of CMOS TxDAC's like the AD9747 or AD9125 if interpolation is required.
  • For direct conversion transmit applications up to 500 MSPS, we suggest the pin compatible AD978X family of LVDS TxDAC's like the AD9783 or AD9122 if interpolation is required.
Recommended Power Solutions

  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.
  • For selecting supervisor products, use the Supervisor Parametric Search.
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    AD8346 Model Options
    Model Package Pins Temp.
    Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
    AD8346ARU Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Tube, 96 $5.40 $5.15 N  Material Info PCN Purchase
    AD8346ARU-REEL7 Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Reel, 1000 - $5.15 N  Material Info PCN Purchase
    AD8346ARUZ Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Tube, 96 $4.68 $4.45 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
    AD8346ARUZ-REEL Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Reel, 2500 - $4.45 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
    AD8346ARUZ-REEL7 Status: Production 16 ld TSSOP 16 Ind Reel, 1000 - $4.45 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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    AD8346 Evaluation Board
    Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
    AD8346-EVALZ Status: Production Evaluation Board $100.19 Yes -

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