ADA4961:  Low Distortion, 2.5 GHz, Differential DGA

Product Details

Product Status:Pre-Release

The ADA4961 is a high performance BiCMOS RF differential amplifier (DGA) optimized for driving heavy loads out to 2.0 GHz and beyond. It typically achieves −90 dBc IMD3 performance at 500 MHz and −85 dBc at 1.5 GHz. The device also exhibits very low output noise (6.8nv/√Hz). Together, these performance numbers result in an SFDR of 133 dB/Hz at 1.5 GHz and set a new benchmark for dynamic range for the power consumed. This RF performance now allows GHz converters to achieve their optimum performance with minimal limitations of the driver amplifier or constraints on overall power that typically result from GaAs amplifiers. This product can easily drive 10-bit to 16-bit HS converters.

In addition, for many receiver applications, antialias filter (AAF) designs may be simplified or not required.

The ADA4961 has an internal differential input impedance of 100 Ω and a differential dynamic output impedance of 50 Ω, eliminating the need for external termination resistors. The digital adjustability provides for 1 dB resolution, thus optimizing SNR for input levels spanning 21 dB.

The ADA4961 is optimized for wideband, low distortion performance at frequencies up to 1.5 GHz. These attributes, together with its wide gain adjustment and relatively low power, make it the amplifier of choice for many high speed applications, including IF, RF, and broadband applications where dynamic range at very high frequencies is critical.

The ADA4961 is ideally suited for driving not only ADCs, but also mixers, pin diode attenuators, SAW filters, and multi-element discrete devices. It is available in a 4 mm × 4 mm, 24-lead LFCSP and operates over a temperature range of −40°C to +85°C.


  • ADC driver for 12-bit to 14-bit Gs/s converters
  • RF/IF gain block
  • Line driver
  • Instrumentation
  • Satellite communications
  • Data acquisition
  • Military systems


  • High speed
       −3 dB bandwidth: 2.5 GHz
       −1 dB bandwidth: 1.8 GHz
       Slew rate: 12 V/ns
       Settling time to 0.1%: TBD ns
       Overdrive recovery: TBD ns
  • Digitally adjustable gain
       Voltage gain: −6 dB to +15 dB
       Power gain: −3 dB to +18 dB
       5-bit parallel or SPI bus gain
         control with fast attack
  • Differential impedances: 100 Ω input, 50 Ω output
  • Low power mode operation
  • IMD3/HD3 distortion
       IMD3 at 1 GHz: −90 dBc
       HD3 at 500MHz: -82 dBc
       HD3 at 1 GHz: -80 dBc
       HD3 at 1.5 GHz: -75 dBc
  • Low noise
       Noise density RTO: 6.9 nV/√Hz
       Noise figure: 5.6 dB at
         G = +15 dB
  • Power-down control
  • Single 3.3 V or 5 V supply operation
  • Available in 24-Lead 4 mm × 4 mm LFSCP

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

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ADA4961 Evaluation Board Test Procedure  (pdf, 535 kB) Evaluation Software PDF
ADA4961 Evaluation Board Software  (zip, 20051 kB) Evaluation Software ZIP

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This part is not yet released to manufacturing. For samples, data sheet and more information please contact the RF/IF Components Group.

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ADA4961 Model Options
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EV-ADA4961SDP1Z Status: Production Evaluation Board - Yes -
EVAL-SDP-CS1Z Status: Production SDP-S Controller Board - Interface to EV-ADA4961SD1Z (also required) $49.00 Yes -

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