AD9361:  2 x 2 RF Agile Transceiver

Product Details

Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The AD9361 is a high performance, highly integrated RF Agile Transceiver™. Its programmability and wideband capability make it ideal for a broad range of transceiver applications. The device combines an RF front end with a flexible mixed-signal baseband section and integrated frequency synthesizers, simplifying design-in by providing a configurable digital interface to a processor. The AD9361 operates in the 70 MHz to 6.0 GHz range, covering most licensed and unlicensed bands. Channel bandwidths from less than 200 kHz to 56 MHz are supported.

The AD9361 is packaged in a 10 mm × 10 mm, 144-ball chip scale package ball grid array (CSP_BGA).


  • Point to point communication systems
  • Femtocell/picocell/microcell base stations
  • General-purpose radio systems


  • RF 2 × 2 transceiver with integrated 12-bit DACs and ADCs
  • Band: 70 MHz to 6.0 GHz
  • Supports TDD and FDD operation
  • Tunable channel BW:
    <200 kHz to 56 MHz
  • Dual receivers: 6 differential or 12 single-ended inputs
  • Superior receiver sensitivity with a noise figure < 2.5 dB
  • RX gain control
    Real-time monitor and control signals for manual gain
    Independent automatic gain control
  • See data sheet for additional features

Functional Block Diagram for AD9361

Reference Designs and 3rd Party Hardware

ADI and Ettus Research™ have collaborated to introduce cutting-edge technology using the AD9361, in the form of a fully integrated, single board, Universal Software Radio Peripheral platform. With continuous frequency coverage from 70 MHz to 6 GHz, the USRPTM B200 and USRP B210 are designed with a comprehensive C++ API, and supported by software frameworks with large developer communities such as GNU Radio. This software and the USRP B200 and B210 enable rapid prototyping with the AD9361.

For more information on these Ettus products, please click B200 or B210.

Avnet has released two SDR kits that include Xilinx development platforms and ADI AD9361 FMC boards:
The AES-ZSDR2-ADI-G SDR Evaluation Kit includes Avnet's ZedBoard and is tuned for highest RF performance in the 2400 – 2500 MHz region. This kit is ideal for the RF engineer seeking optimized system performance meeting AD9361 datasheet specifications in a defined range of RF spectrum.

The AES-ZSDR3-ADI-G SDR System Development Kit includes the Xilinx ZC706 development board and supports the AD9361’s full RF tuning range. This kit is ideal for the wireless communications system architect seeking a unified development platform which operates over a wide RF tuning range from 70 MHz – 6 GHz.

Both kits also include Xilinx Vivado® software, four Pulse 4G LTE blade antennas, and reference designs for Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC running Linux.

Software Defined Radio Seminar


Title Content Type File Type
AD9361: RF Agile Transceiver Data Sheet (Rev D, 11/2013) (pdf, 109 kB) Data Sheets PDF
Smart Partitioning in WiMAX Radios White Paper  (pdf, 469 kB) White Papers 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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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.
Webcasts WEBCAST
AD-FMCOMMS3-EBZ Reference Design
(Wiki Site)
User Guides HTML
Expanding the Role of WiMAX CPE Transceivers into Base Station Applications
By Patrick Wiers, Analog Devices (RF Designline, 8/2008)
Technical Articles HTML
Smart Partitioning in WiMAX Radios  (pdf, 469 kB)
By Noman Rangwala, Marketing Manager and Tom Gratzek, Product Line Director, Analog Devices, Inc.
Technical Articles PDF
First Synchronized RF Transceiver Rapid Prototyping Kit for SDR Launched (05 Aug 2014) Press Releases HTML
New PLLs Deliver Widest Frequency Range Coverage and Lowest VCO Phase Noise in a Single Device (03 Jun 2014) Press Releases HTML
Analog Devices’ Software-defined Radio Transceiver Named a Winner of UBM Tech’s Prestigious ACE Award in Wireless/RF Category (10 Apr 2014) Press Releases HTML
Analog Devices’ Integrated Transceiver and Support Ecosystem Drive Next-Generation Software-Defined Radio Designs (22 Oct 2013) Press Releases HTML
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ Reference Design (Wiki Site) FPGA HDL HTML

Evaluation Kits & Symbols & Footprints

Evaluation Boards & KitsView the Evaluation Boards and Kits page for documentation and purchasing

Symbols and Footprints— Analog Devices offers Symbols & Footprints which are compatible with a large set of today’s CAD systems for broader and easier support.

Product Recommendations & Reference Designs

Companion Products

Suggested Companion Products

Recommended RF Driver Amplifiers for the AD9361
  • For a customized OIP3 and P1dB performance with adjustable biasing, we recommend the ADL5320, ADL5321 or the ADL5324.
Recommended RF/IF Gain Block Amplifier for the AD9361
  • For a broadband 20dB linear amplifier, we recommend the ADL5602.
Recommended Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA's) for the AD9361
  • For high performance, low noise and high gain, we recommend the ADL5521 or the ADL5523.
Recommended PLL's for the AD9361
  • For a versatile, wideband PLL with integrated VCO, we recommend the ADF4351.
Recommended Clock Driver for the AD9361
  • For a Quad/Octal network clock driver, we recommend the AD9548.
Recommended Voltage Regulators for the AD9361
  • For a high efficiency, step down, dc-to-dc regulator, we recommend the ADP2164.
  • For high performance LDO regulators, we recommend the ADP1755 or the ADP5040.
Recommended Power Solutions
  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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AD9361 Model Options
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AD-FMCOMMS3-EBZ Status: Production Wideband Prototyping Board $750.00 Yes -
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AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ Status: Production RF Performance Evaluation Board $750.00 Yes -

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