RF and Microwave

Analog Devices RF ICs cover the entire RF signal chain, meeting all of your RF system design needs with over 1,000 products. From industry-leading RF function blocks to highly integrated multi-functional solutions, our RF ICs deliver high performance and simplify the design of wireless systems. Our RF ICs are complemented by our world-leading converters and supported by a wide range of free design tools, online support communities and Circuits from the Lab™ reference circuits.

RF Design Tools

As the industry's only supplier of all major RF-to-digital functional building blocks that extend from antenna to processor, Analog Devices supports its broad RF-IC portfolio with a comprehensive suite of design tools.

RF Design Tools

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  • Amplifiers

    • Broadband and narrow-band RF/IF amplifiers
    • High linearity and output power
    • Fully characterized over frequency range, temperature and power supply variation

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  • Attenuators/VGAs/Filters

    • Broad portfolio of RF and IF variable gain control products
    • Continuous analog linear-in-dB products
    • Innovative integration with digitally controlled multi-pole analog filters integrated within the VGA and single chip AGC circuits for automatic level control

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  • Detectors

    • Market-leading detectors; industry's largest portfolio
    • Best-in-class frequency range, temperature stability, and operating temperature range
    • Single-ended input, no external balun or tuning required

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  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)

    • Incorporates various features (on-board comparators, RAM, PLLs, mixers and registers)
    • Ideal agile frequency solutions for a variety of systems

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RF/IF ICs Selection Guide
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)

Documentation And Resources

Title Content Type File Type
AN-1039: Correcting Imperfections in IQ Modulators to Improve RF Signal Fidelity  (pdf, 202 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-0982: The Residual Phase Noise Measurement  (pdf, 710 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-851: A WiMax Double Downconversion IF Sampling Receiver Design  (pdf, 262 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-345: Grounding for Low-and-High-Frequency Circuits  (pdf, 455 kB)
Know Your Ground and Signal Paths for Effective Designs. Current Flow Seeks Path of Least Impedance-Not Just Resistance....
Application Notes PDF
AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver
Learn about the revolutionary AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver, a complete radio design for SDR applications. It achieves leading performance, high integration, wideband operation and utmost flexibility and is supported by the AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ-FMC board.
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AD9361 RF Transceiver and Support Ecosystem
View an overview of the AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ-FMC board, a support ecosystem for the new AD9361 RF Transceiver. This rapid prototyping environment supports multiple communications protocols and speeds time to market from months to days.
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Simulation Tools for Synthesis and Clock Generation
This video provides an overview of Analog Devices tools for selecting, using, and configuring clocks and frequency synthesis devices such as direct digital synthesis (DDS), phase-locked loops (PLL), and clock distributors.
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Use Circuits from the Lab™ in Your Next Design
Watch how two engineers were able to use Analog Devices Circuits from the Lab to help solve their design challenge. From test data to HW evaluation, to project integration, we make it easy to save time while lowering the risk in your circuit design.
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The Internet of Things (a WSN from Analog Devices)
The Internet of Things (IoT), with IP smart objects is gaining popularity in the wireless sensor network world. Featured is the ADuCRF101-based low power IPv6 Wireless Sensor Network demo system.
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Industrial LED Lighting Solutions from Analog Devices
This video shows several new ADI driver products used for driving industrial LED luminaires. ADI’s LED drivers offer flexible designs, advanced features, and high efficiency to meet the industrial lighting challenges.
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How to Use the ADuCRF101 Serial Downloader
This video shows how to get the ADuCRF101 into serial download mode and how to access and use the supplied serial downloader software tools.
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Get Started with the ADuCRF101 Development System
This video shows how to get to up and running with the ADuCRF101 development system and access and download the supplied software tools.
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How to Order the ADuCRF101 Evaluation Board
The ADuCRF101is a complete data aquisiton system that is designed for low power wireless applications. It contains a 14-Bit precision ADC, a low power Cortex-M3 core , RF transceiver and flash/EE memory.
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Experience the action at X-fest 2012 with Analog Devices
Analog Devices takes you inside the Boston event to witness the exciting activity taking place at these events worldwide. Hear how ADI, the analog signal processing experts, is enabling advanced technology solutions for Xilinx FPGAs.
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ADI Shows Modular Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)
The WSN demo system from Analog Devices is used to demonstrate a complete ISM band network. This kit provides complete out-of-the-box functionality and includes a base station node along with sensor nodes that support several sensor types.
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ADIsimPLL Development Tool
ADIsimPLL is a phase-locked loop (PLL) circuit-design and evaluation tool that assists users in evaluating, designing, and troubleshooting RF systems. The tool uses Analog Devices' family of PLL synthesizers.
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ADIsimRF is an easy-to-use RF signal chain calculator. Cascaded Gain, Noise Figure, IP3 and P1dB as well as total power consumption are calculated.
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Interfacing the AD9739A FMC board to Xilinx FPGA platforms
AD9739A FMC board, is a 14-bit D/A converter that enables cable TV and broadband operators to synthesize the entire cable spectrum up to 1 GHz into a single RF (radio frequency) port on the Xilinx Virtex-6 ML605, Kintex-7 KC705, and Virtex-7 VC707.
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High-performance GSPS Data Converters Improve RADAR & EW Architectures
In recent years gigasample per second ADCs have been pushing the data conversion stage closer and closer to the antenna. But when analog bandwidths reach 1-2 GHz, in many cases the dynamic AC performance of current GSPS ADCs is severely limited by the linearity and noise spectral density of the converter. In this webinar, we'll discuss the advantages of going to new improved GSPS converters and the impact on Radar and Electronic Warfare systems.
Webcasts WEBCAST
Developing Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) Systems with the AD9361
As Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) become more prevalent there is a need for more channel diversity. This webcast will detail how to use multiple AD9361 devices to create an NxN MIMO system, as well as explore the available tradeoffs in the design. The AD9361 is a fully integrated 2x2 MIMO transceiver. Its programmability and wideband capability make it ideal for a broad range of transceiver applications.
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Digital Filter Design for Integrated RF Transceivers
This Webcast introduces how MATLAB from MathWorks can be used for complicated filter design in wireless SDR systems and components. We will create a model of the Analog Devices AD9361 and AD9364 RF Transceiver, as integrated on the AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ and AD-FMCOMMS4-EBZ SDR development platforms. We will use that model to design a filter for the internal FIR filters using the generated coefficient in an example system design.
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Solving the Elusive Baseband to Antenna Problem using RFDAC Technology
We’ll start by exploring RF transmitter architectures, then we’ll concentrate on the Direct to RF Transmitter architecture enabled by RFDAC technology. Aspects of direct to RF transmitter system design will be explored including gain, signal bandwidth, digital signal processing requirements, frequency planning, thermal noise, clock synthesis + phase noise, harmonics, sampling images, pre-distortion techniques and deterministic latency.
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Fundamentals of Frequency Synthesis, Part 1: Phased Locked Loops
The first of a two-part series on frequency synthesis, with an introduction to Phased Locked Loops. This webcast looks at the need for frequency generation, the techniques from the past present and future, and how to assess the performance of a frequency synthesis, and real world applications. Particular attention will be focused on Phase Locked Loops (PLL's) as frequency synthesizers.
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The Evolving Architecture of Military Communication Systems
This webcast explores the different bands of Military Communications including advantages and disadvantages for each. We will talk briefly about the shift toward Software Defined Radios (SDR) and what that means for system designers today. We talk about the Tx/Rx signal chains for these radios traditionally and where they are heading in the future including discussion on some of the key Analog and Mixed Signal technology driving these changes.
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Fundamentals of Data Conversion in Receivers
This webinar will examine a contemporary receive signal chain and take a close look at selecting suitable data converters and their key specifications and tradeoffs that must be made.
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How to Read a Datasheet
What is in a datasheet, and how can the information it contains help you select the right part for your design? This wide-ranging and informative webcast will take you through a typical datasheet and explain the full meaning behind many often misunderstood specs.
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Fundamentals of Frequency Synthesis, Part 2: Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)
This month we conclude our two-part series on frequency synthesis, with an introduction to Direct Digital Synthesis. We will give a basic review of how a direct digital synthesis system works, touching on the inner workings of the DDS engine at a relatively high level. We will also discuss the tradeoffs between PLL and DDS technology as a base choice for frequency synthesis needs.
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Wireless Communication of Sensor Data in Industrial Applications
This webcast will discuss practical real world factors that impact achieving a robust wireless communications link in industrial applications. Low power operation, processing and precision ADC performance can be important requirements for wireless sensors and these areas will also be discussed in this webcast.
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Options, Techniques, and Tradeoffs In Modern RF Transceiver Design
This seminar will focus on the analog radio section of the transceiver, from the DAC output to the antenna on the transmit side, and the antenna to the ADC input on the receiver side.
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Options and Solutions For RF System Design
This Webcast will explore the options and tradeoffs involved in designing the RF signal chain. Discussion includes important advances and issues with modulators/demodulators, ISM transceivers, mixers and multipliers, log amps, detectors and gain blocks, and more.
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Webcast: Differential Circuit Design Techniques for Communication Applications
In this Webinar, we will explore the advantages of differential design techniques and how their performance benefits affect the stringent system requirements of today's high performance communication systems.
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Network Clock: How To Achieve Maximum System Up Time
In this in-depth Webcast, our clock expert will explore the technical implications of this very real system scenario, and discuss the incorporation of seamless reference switchover and holdover technology that maintains a stable, low-jitter, system clock during periods of switchover, and complete reference loss, conditions.
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UG-311: Reliability Handbook  (pdf, 3248 kB) User Guides PDF
Semiconductors Simplify Direct-Conversion Design
Advances in semiconductor processes have enabled integrated circuits with the performance needed for wireless infrastructure direct-conversion receivers for multimode communications systems.
(Microwaves & RF, 3/2010)
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Integrated Devices Arm Infrastructure Radios
These highly integrated circuits combine PLLs, VCOs, modulators, and mixers using an advanced SiGe BiCMOS process to save space without sparing electrical performance.
(Microwaves & RF, September 2009)
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The Benefits of Direct-conversion Receiver Designs
The performance and merits of a direct-conversion receiver signal chain in the context of 3G and 4G wireless cellular apps.
(Electronic Products, June 2009)
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Direct Conversion Receiver Designs Enable Multi-standard/Multi-band Operation
Modern direct conversion provides a compelling solution for field programmable radio designs and offers a cost benefit and potential performance advantage over traditional receiver solutions.
(RF Designline, 2/16/2009)
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Synchronizing NxN MIMO Basestations to an External Timing Reference
Understand how a high-performance clock generator, in conjunction with one or more integrated transceivers, simplifies overall design and reduces complexity and cost, while resulting in excellent system receive/transmit performance.
(RF DesignLine, 5/10/2010)
Technical Articles HTML
Semiconductors Simplify Direct-Conversion Design
Advances in semiconductor processes have enabled integrated circuits with the performance needed for wireless infrastructure direct-conversion receivers for multimode communications systems.
(Microwaves & RF, 3/2010)
Technical Articles HTML
RF Meets Power Lines: Designing Intelligent Smart Grid Systems that Promote Energy Efficiency
RF DesignLine, March 2010
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The Use of Short Range Wireless in a Multi-Metering System  (pdf, 220 kB)
One of the more evident trends at the recent Metering Europe 2006 event in Copenhagen was that both meter manufacturers and utility companies are placing an increased emphasis on the use of communication networks to create added value for their systems and also to leverage from infrastructure investment already in place.
(Metering International, December, 2006)
Technical Articles PDF
Smart Metering Technology Promotes Energy Efficiency for a Greener World
The metering of electric power coming into the home is going electronic, replacing the long-established electromechanical power-line meter (from the 1890s) with all-electronic smart meters.
(RF DesignLine, July 27, 2009)
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Medical Devices Get A Prescription For Wafer-Level Chip-Scale Packaging
You no longer need to go to the hospital for your next medical treatment. Now, you can carry medical devices wherever you go—and that means small size and low-power design requirements.
(Electronic Design, July 23, 2009)
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Low Power, Low Cost, Wireless ECG Holter Monitor Technical Articles HTML
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Industrial Applications Overview HTML
Industrial ICs
Industrial ICs Solutions Bulletin, Volume 10, Issue 8
Solutions Bulletins HTML
Can I exceed the parameters specified in the absolute maximum ratings table? FAQs/RAQs HTML
What is latch-up and how can I prevent it? FAQs/RAQs HTML
PLL Synthesizers FAQs/RAQs HTML
ADI RF Amplifier Library for Agilent ADS  (zip, 2620 kB)
Used to analyze ADI RF Gain Blocks in the Agilent ADS modeling environment.
ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools ZIP
RF Design Tools ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools HTML
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.
ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools HTML
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.
ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools HTML
dBm/dBu/dBv Calculator
This calculator converts between standard units of power measurement and signal strength.
Utilities and Conversions HTML
Impedance Matching Tutorial
This tutorial examines the Smith Chart and its application to transmission line impedance matching.
Utilities and Conversions HTML
ADF4350 IBIS Model IBIS Models HTML
ADF4116 IBIS Model IBIS Models HTML
AD9523/AD9523-1 IBIS Model IBIS Models HTML
Fundamentals of Frequency Synthesis, Part 1: Phased Locked Loops
The first of a two-part series on frequency synthesis, with an introduction to Phased Locked Loops. This webcast looks at the need for frequency generation, the techniques from the past present and future, and how to assess the performance of a frequency synthesis, and real world applications. Particular attention will be focused on Phase Locked Loops (PLL's) as frequency synthesizers.
Documentation WEBCAST
PLL Loop Filter Tool  (xls, 5336 kB) Documentation XLS
AD9957 Evaluation Tools Documentation HTML
ADI RF Amplifier Library for Agilent ADS  (zip, 2620 kB)
Used to analyze ADI RF Gain Blocks in the Agilent ADS modeling environment.
Evaluation Boards/Tools ZIP
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML
SoftCell Filter Design Software Software and Tools HTML
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