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ADF9010:  900 MHz ISM Band Analog RF Front End

Product Details

The ADF9010 is a fully integrated RF Tx modulator and Rx analog baseband front end that operates in the frequency range from 840 MHz to 960 MHz. The receive path consists of a fully differential I/Q baseband PGA, low-pass filter, and general signal conditioning before connecting to an Rx ADC for baseband conversion. The Rx LPF gain ranges from 3 dB to 24 dB, programmable in 3 dB steps. The Rx LPF features four programmable modes with cutoff frequencies of 330 kHz, 880 kHz, and 1.76 MHz, or the filter can be bypassed if necessary.

The transmit path consists of a fully integrated differential Tx direct I/Q upconverter with a high linearity PA driver amplifier. It converts a baseband I/Q signal to an RF carrier-based signal between 840 MHz and 960 MHz. The highly linear transmit signal path ensures low output distortion.

Complete local oscillator (LO) signal generation is integrated on chip, including the integer-N synthesizer and VCO, which generate the required I and Q signals for transmit I/Q upconver-sion. The LO signal is also available at the output to drive an external RF demodulator. Control of all the on-chip registers is via a simple 3-wire serial interface. The device operates with a power supply ranging from 3.15 V to 3.45 V and can be powered down when not in use.


  • 900 MHz RFID readers
  • Unlicensed band 900 MHz applications

Data Sheet, Rev 0, 08/2008


  • 840 MHz to 960 MHz ISM bands
  • Rx baseband analog low-pass filtering and PGA
  • Integrated RF Tx upconverter
  • Integrated integer-N PLL and VCO
  • Integrated Tx PA preamplifier
  • Differential fully balanced architectures
  • 3.3 V supply
  • See Data Sheet for Additional Information

Functional Block Diagram for ADF9010


Title Content Type File Type
ADF9010: 900 MHz ISM Band Analog RF Front End Preliminary Data Sheet (Rev 0, 08/2008) (pdf, 405 kB) Data Sheets PDF
UG-476: PLL Software Installation Guide  (pdf, 520 kB) User Guides PDF
UG-423: Evaluation Board for the ADF9010 RF Front End  (pdf, 851 kB) User Guides PDF
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

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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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Product Recommendations & Reference Designs

Companion Products

Suggested Companion Products

Recommended PLL for the ADF9010
  • For a quadrature demodulator, we recommend ADL5382.
Recommended RMS Detector for the ADF9010
  • For TruPwr™ detector, we recommend ADL5501.
Recommended Linear Regulators for the ADF9010
  • For ultralow noise, 3.3V applications,150mA output, we recommend the ADP150.
  • For high accuracy, low IQ regulator, we recommend the ADP3334.
Recommended Power Solutions
  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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