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ADL5336:  Cascadable IF VGAs with Programmable RMS Detectors

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The ADL5336 consists of a pair of variable gain amplifiers (VGAs) designed for cascaded IF applications. The amplifiers have linear-in-dB gain control and operate from low frequencies to 1 GHz. Their excellent gain conformance over the control range and flatness over frequency are due to Analog Devices, Inc., patented X-AMP® architecture, an innovative technique for implementing high performance variable gain control.

Each VGA has 24 dB of gain control range. Their maximum gain can be independently programmable over a 6 dB range via the SPI. The VGAs can be cascaded to provide a total range of 48 dB. When connected to a 50 Ω source through a 1:4 balun, the gain is 6 dB higher. The second VGA has an SPI programmable input switch that selects one of two external inputs.

When driven from a 200 Ω source or from a 50 Ω source through a 1:4 balun, the noise figure (NF) for the composite amplifier is 6.8 dB at maximum gain. The output of each VGA can drive 100 Ω loads to 5 V p-p maximum.

Each VGA has an independent square law detector for autonomous, automatic gain control (AGC) operation. Each detector setpoint can be programmed independently through the SPI from −24 dBV to −3 dBV in 3 dB steps. When both VGAs are arranged in AGC mode and are programmed to the same setpoint, the composite NF increases to 9 dB when backed off by 18 dB from maximum gain.

The ADL5336 operates from a 5 V supply and consumes a typical supply current of 80 mA. When disabled, it consumes 4 mA. It is fabricated in an advanced silicon-germanium BiCMOS process and is available in a 32-lead exposed paddle LFCSP package. Performance is specified over a −40°C to +85°C temperature range.


  • Point-to-multipoint radios
  • Instrumentation
  • Medical


  • Pair of VGAs with rms AGC detectors
  • VGA and AGC modes of operation
  • Continuous gain control range: 48 dB
  • Noise figure (NF) = 6.8 dB at maximum gain
  • IMD3 > 62 dBc for 1.0 V p-p composite output
  • Differential input and output
  • Multiplexed inputs for VGA2
  • Programmable detector AGC setpoints
  • Programmable VGA maximum gain
  • Power-down feature
  • Single 5 V supply operation

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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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Windows 7 Drivers for the SPI Software  (zip, 724 kB) Evaluation Software ZIP
ADL5336 Evaluation Board Software  (zip, 431 kB) Evaluation Software ZIP

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