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ADL5331:  1 MHz to 1.2 GHz VGA with 30 dB Gain Control Range

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The ADL5331 is a high performance, voltage-controlled variable gain amplifier/attenuator for use in applications with frequencies up to 1.2 GHz. The balanced structure of the signal path maximizes signal swing, eliminates common-mode noise and minimizes distortion while it also reduces the risk of spurious feed-forward at low gains and high frequencies caused by parasitic coupling.

The 50 Ω differential input system converts the applied differential voltage at INHI and INLO to a pair of differential currents with high linearity and good common-mode rejection. The signal currents are then applied to a proprietary voltage controlled attenuator providing precise definition of the overall gain under the control of the linear-in-dB interface. The GAIN pin accepts a voltage from 0 V at a minimum gain to 1.4 V at a full gain with a 40 mV/dB scaling factor over most of the range.

The output of the high accuracy wideband attenuator is applied to a differential transimpedance output stage. The output stage provides a differential output at OPHI and OPLO, which must be pulled up to the supply with RF chokes or a center-tapped balun.

The ADL5331 consumes 240 mA of current including the output pins and operates off a single supply ranging from 4.75 V to 5.25 V. A power-down function is provided by applying a logic low input on the ENBL pin. The current consumption in power-down mode is 250 μA.

The ADL5331 is fabricated on an Analog Devices, Inc., proprietary high performance, complementary bipolar IC process. The ADL5331 is available in a 24-lead (4 mm × 4 mm), Pb-free LFCSP_VQ package and is specified for operation from ambient temperatures of −40°C to +85°C. An evaluation board is also available.


  • Transmit and receive power control at RF and IF
  • CATV distribution

    • Voltage-controlled amplifier/attenuator
    • Operating frequency: 1 MHz to 1.2 GHz
    • Optimized for controlling output power
    • High linearity: OIP3 47 dBm @ 100 MHz
    • Output noise floor: −149 dBm/Hz @ maximum gain
    • Input impedance: 50 Ω
    • Output impedance: 20 Ω
    • Wide gain-control range: 30 dB
    • Linear-in-dB gain control function: 40 mV/dB
    • Single-supply voltage: 4.75 V to 5.25 V

    Functional Block Diagram for ADL5331


    Title Content Type File Type
    ADL5331: 1 MHz to 1.2 GHz VGA with 30 dB Gain Control Range Data Sheet (Rev 0, 05/2009) (pdf, 695 kB) Data Sheets PDF
    CN-0082: Creating a Constant Envelope Signal Using the ADL5331 RFVGA and AD8319 Log Detector  (pdf, 263 kB) Circuit Note PDF
    RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
    RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
    Overview PDF
    RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
    What are Variable Gain Amplifiers (VGA's) and how are they used? FAQs/RAQs HTML
    Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

    Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

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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 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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