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ADF7021:  High Performance Narrowband ISM Transceiver IC

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The ADF7021 is a low power, highly integrated 2FSK/3FSK/4FSK transceiver. It is designed to operate in the narrow-band, license-free ISM bands and licensed bands in the 80 MHz to 650 MHz and 862 MHz to 940 MHz frequency ranges. It has both Gaussian and raised cosine data filtering options to improve spectral efficiency for narrow-band applications.

It is suitable for circuit applications targeted at European ETSI-EN 300-220, the Japanese ARIB STD-T67, the Chinese Short Range Device regulations, and the North American FCC Part 15, Part 90, and Part 95 regulatory standards. A complete transceiver can be built using a small number of external discrete components, making the ADF7021 very suitable for price-sensitive and area-sensitive applications.

The transmit section contains a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and a low noise fractional-N PLL with output resolution of <1 ppm. This frequency-agile PLL allows the ADF7021 to be used in frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) systems. The VCO operates at twice the fundamental frequency to reduce spurious emissions and frequency pulling problems. The transmitter output power is programmable in 63 steps from −16 dBm to +13 dBm and has an automatic power ramp control to prevent spectral splatter and help meet regulatory standards. The transceiver RF frequency, channel spacing, and modulation are programmable using a simple 3-wire interface. The device operates with a power supply range of 2.3 V to 3.6 V and can be powered down when not in use.

A low IF architecture is used in the receiver (100 kHz), minimizing power consumption and the external component count while avoiding interference problems at low frequencies. The IF filter has programmable bandwidths of 12.5 kHz, 18.75 kHz, and 25 kHz. The ADF7021 supports a wide variety of programmable features including Rx linearity, sensitivity, and IF bandwidth, allowing the user to trade off receiver sensitivity and selectivity against current consumption, depending on the application. The receiver also features a patent-pending automatic frequency control (AFC) loop with programmable pull-in range, allowing the PLL to track out the frequency error in the incoming signal.

An on-chip ADC provides readback of an integrated tempera¬ture sensor, an external analog input, the battery voltage, and the RSSI signal, which provides savings on an ADC in some applications. The temperature sensor is accurate to ±10°C over the full operating temperature range of −40°C to +85°C. This accuracy can be improved by doing a 1-point calibration at room temperature and storing the result in memory.


  • Low power, high performance, narrowband transciever
  • Frequency Bands: 80-650MHz and 862-940MHz
  • Modulation schemes: 2FSK, 3FSK, 4FSK
  • Spectral shaping: Gaussian and Raised Cosine Filtering
  • Automatic PA ramp
  • Data rates supported: 0.05kps to 25kbps
  • Programmable output power: -16dBm to +13dBm
  • Low IF architecture with programmable IF bandwidths of 12.5/18.5/25kHz
  • 2.3V to 3.6V Power Supply
  • Receiver sensitivity: -123dBm @ 1kbps FSK
  • Fully automatic frequency control loop (AFC)compensates for lower tolerance crystals
  • High Accuracy digital RSSI and integrated Tx/Rx switch

Functional Block Diagram for ADF7021

Silicon Anomaly Information and 3rd party developers information

ADF7021 Silicon Anomaly Sheet Available (pdf, 73,728 bytes) This anomaly list describes the known bugs, anomalies, and workarounds for the ADF7021 transceiver.

ADF70xx Third Party Developers
There is a growing list of companies developing a wide range of solutions that support ADI’s ADF70xx products. View the list and learn more about becoming a third party developer.


Title Content Type File Type
ADF7021: High Performance Narrow-Band Transceiver IC Data Sheet (Rev C, 10/2014) (pdf, 1496 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-1285: ADF7021-N Radio Performance for Wireless Meter-Bus (WM-Bus), Mode N  (pdf, 188 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-1258: Image Rejection Calibration on the ADF7021, ADF7021-N, and ADF7021-V  (pdf, 398 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-1182: Understanding and Optimizing the AFC Loop on the ADF7021 for Minimum Preamble  (pdf, 224 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-771: ADSP-BF533 EZ-KIT Lite and ADF70xx Interface  (pdf, 201 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-859: RF Port Impedance Data, Matching, and External Component Selection for the ADF7020-1, ADF7021, and ADF7021-N  (pdf, 333 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-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
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
Technical Articles HTML
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)
Technical Articles HTML
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.
ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools HTML
RF Design Tools ADIsim Design/Simulation Tools HTML
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

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.

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Price, packaging, availability

ADF7021 Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
ADF7021BCPZ Status: Production 48 ld LFCSP (7x7mm w_4.1mm EP) 48 Ind Tray, 260 $2.52 $2.32 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
ADF7021BCPZ-RL Status: Production 48 ld LFCSP (7x7mm w_4.1mm EP) 48 Ind Reel, 2500 - $2.32 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
ADF7021BCPZ-RL7 Status: Production 48 ld LFCSP (7x7mm w_4.1mm EP) 48 Ind Reel, 750 - $2.32 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Analog Devices, Inc. sales office or authorized distributor. Pricing displayed for Evaluation Boards and Kits is based on 1-piece pricing.

ADF7021 Evaluation Boards
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
EVAL-ADF70XXMBZ2 Status: Production Mother Board $151.80 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DBJZ Status: Production Daughter Board (426 MHz - 435 MHz - External Inductor VCO) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DBZ2 Status: Production Daughter Board (862 MHz - 870 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DBZ3 Status: Production Daughter Board (431 MHz - 470 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DBZ5 Status: Production Daughter Board (RF Match/Loop Filter not inserted - 80 MHz - 650 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DBZ6 Status: Production Daughter Board (608 MHz - 614 MHz) $50.60 Yes -
EVAL-ADF7021DB9Z Status: Production Daughter Board (169 MHz) $50.60 Yes -

Pricing displayed is based on 1-piece. The USA list pricing shown is for budgetary use only, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit), and is subject to change. International prices may vary due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates.

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