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ADF7020:  ISM Band Transceiver IC

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Newer Alternatives:
  • Consider the ADF7023 for lower power consumption and inclusion of RISC communication processor for power efficient standalone operation.

The ADF7020 is a low power, low-IF transceiver designed for operation in the license-free ISM bands at 433MHz, 868MHz and 915MHz. It is suitable for circuit applications that meet either the European ETSI EN-300-220 or the North American FCC, Part 15.247 and 15.249 regulatory standards. It operates from a 2.3 V to 3.6V power supply with programmable output power from -16 to +13dBm in 0.3dBm steps. Its receiver sensitivity is -117.5dBm at 1kbits/s in FSK mode or -110.5dBm at 9.6kbits/s. Power consumption is 20mA in receive mode and 30mA in transmit mode (+10dBm output).

Other features include on-chip VCO (voltage controlled oscillator), Fractional-N PLL, on-chip 7-bit ADC (analog-to-digital converter), digital received signal strength indication (RSSI), temperature sensor and a patent pending fully automatic AFC loop. This allows the ADF7020 to be used with lower tolerance crystals. Its leakage current is < 1uA in power down mode.


  • Operates in the frequency bands: 433 to 464MHz and 862 to 928MHz
  • Implements complete transceiver solutions with few external components. No TR switch required.
  • Supports data rates of 0.3 to 200 kbits/s in FSK mode and 0.3 to 75 kbits/s in ASK mode
  • Operates on a 2.3V to 3.6V power supply with programmable output power from -16 to +13dBm in 0.3dBm steps
  • High Receiver Sensitivity, -117.5dBm at 1kbit/s, and high programmable output power, +13dBm, gives superiorlink margin.

Functional Block Diagram for ADF7020

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Title Content Type File Type
ADF7020: High Performance, ISM Band, FSK/ASK Transceiver IC Data Sheet (Rev D, 08/2012) (pdf, 830 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-771: ADSP-BF533 EZ-KIT Lite and ADF70xx Interface  (pdf, 201 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-0987: Designing a Wireless Transceiver System to Meet the Wireless M-Bus Standard  (pdf, 140 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-915: CDR Operation for ADF7020, ADF7020-1, ADF7021, and ADF7025  (pdf, 439 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-917: Using an LC Harmonic Filter at 868 MHz and 915 MHz with the EVAL-ADF7020 and EVAL-ADF7025 Evaluation Boards  (pdf, 122 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-772: A Design and Manufacturing Guide for the Lead Frame Chip Scale Package (LFCSP)  (pdf, 439 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-852: Using the Test DAC on the ADF702x to Implement Functions Such as Analog FM DEMOD, SNR Measurement, FEC Decoding, and PSK/4FSK Demodulation  (pdf, 259 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-764: ADF7020 RF Port Impedance Values for Matching Purposes  (pdf, 0) Application Notes PDF
CN-0164: Low Power, Long Range, ISM Wireless Measuring Node  (pdf, 172 kB) Circuit Note PDF
Wireless Technologies for Smart Meters: Focus on Water Metering  (pdf, 493 kB) Technical Articles PDF
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
Understand Wireless Short-Range Devices for Global License-Free Systems
Short-range devices (SRD) are radio transmitters that communicate unidirectionally or bidirectionally with little capability of interfering with other radio equipment. They provide many different services, including home automation, wireless alarms, and remote keyless entry.
(RF DesignLine, March 07, 2007)
Technical Articles HTML
Wireless Short Range Devices and Narrowband Communications
The term “Short Range Device” (SRD) covers radio transmitters which provide either unidirectional or bi-directional communication and which have a low capability of causing interference to other radio equipment.
(Microwave Product Digest, July, 2007)
Technical Articles HTML
Design, Simulate, and Document Proprietary Wireless Systems
The broad acceptance of standards developed for short range wireless connectivity has been one of the notable features of the semiconductor market in the past few years. The available wireless standards are not always the best fit for the application’s requirements, however.
(Analog Dialogue, Volume 42, Number 4 2008)
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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)
Technical Articles HTML
Low Power, Low Cost, Wireless ECG Holter Monitor Technical Articles HTML
Emerging Energy Applications Solutions Bulletin, Volume 10, Issue 4  (pdf, 1496 kB) Solutions Bulletins PDF
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
RF Transceivers for Short Range Devices  (pdf, 2819 kB)
The ADF7000 series of transmitter and transceiver ICs provides high performance, robust, short range wireless connections.
Overview PDF
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
ADIsimSRD Design Studio
Analog Devices ADIsimSRD Design Studio is a very powerful tool allowing real-time simulation and optimization of many of the parameters in a typical wireless system using the ADF7xxx family of transceivers and transmitters.
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ADF70xx Evaluation Software  (zip, 25403 kB)
The most up-to-date ADF70xx software download is bundled with all documentation, including schematics, for the ADF70xx family of transceivers. Layout can be found in the gerber files under the documentation tab.
Evaluation Software ZIP

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EVAL-ADF70XXMBZ2 Status: Production Mother Board $151.80 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7020DBZ1 Status: Production Daughter Board (902 MHz - 928 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7020DBZ2 Status: Production Daughter Board (862 MHz - 870 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7020DBZ3 Status: Production Daughter Board (426 MHz - 445 MHz) $50.60 Yes -

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