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ADL5201:  Wide Dynamic Range, High Speed, Digitally Controlled VGA

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The ADL5201 is a digitally controlled, variable gain, wide band-width amplifier that provides precise gain control, high IP3, and low noise figure. The excellent distortion performance and high signal bandwidth make the ADL5201 an excellent gain control device for a variety of receiver applications. The ADL5201 also incorporates a low power mode option that lowers the supply current.

For wide input dynamic range applications, the ADL5201 provides a broad 31.5 dB gain range with 0.5 dB resolution. The gain is adjustable through multiple gain control interface options: parallel, serial peripheral interface, and up/down.

Incorporating proprietary distortion cancellation techniques, the ADL5201 achieves an output IP3 of greater than 47 dBm at frequencies approaching 200 MHz for most gain settings.

The ADL5201 is powered on by applying the appropriate logic level to the PWUP pin. The quiescent current of the ADL5201 is typically 80 mA in low power mode. When configured in high performance mode for more demanding applications, the quiescent current is 110 mA. When powered down, the ADL5201 consumes less than 7 mA and offers excellent input-to-output isolation. The gain setting is preserved during power-down.

Fabricated on an Analog Devices, Inc., high speed SiGe process, the ADL5201 provides precise gain adjustment capabilities with good distortion performance and low phase error. The ADL5201 amplifier comes in a compact, thermally enhanced, 24-lead, 4 mm × 4 mm LFCSP package and operates over the temperature range of −40°C to +85°C.


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  • High IF sampling receivers
  • High output power IF amplification
  • Instrumentation


  • −11.5 dB to +20 dB gain range
  • 0.5 dB ± 0.1 dB step size
  • 150 Ω differential input and output
  • 7.5 dB noise figure at maximum gain
  • OIP3 > 50 dBm at 200 MHz
  • −3 dB upper frequency bandwidth of 700 MHz
  • Wide input dynamic range
  • Multiple control interface options
        Parallel 6-bit control interface (with latch)
       Serial peripheral interface (SPI) (with fast attack)
       Gain up/down mode
  • Low power mode option
  • Power-down control
  • Single 5 V supply operation
  • 24-lead LFCSP 4 mm x 4 mm package

Functional Block Diagram for ADL5201


Title Content Type File Type
ADL5201: Wide Dynamic Range, High Speed, Digitally Controlled VGA Data Sheet (Rev C, 01/2015) (pdf, 491 kB) Data Sheets 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

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.
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
ADL5201 S-Parameters  (zip, 1328 kB) S-Parameters ZIP

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