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AD8312:  50 MHz TO 3.5 GHz, 45 dB RF Detector

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The AD8312 is a complete, low cost subsystem for the measurement of RF signals in the frequency range of 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz. It has a typical dynamic range of 45 dB and is intended for use in a wide variety of cellular handsets and other wireless devices. It provides a wider dynamic range and better accuracy than possible using discrete diode detectors. In particular, its temperature stability is excellent over the full operating range of −40°C to +85°C.

Its high sensitivity allows measurement at low power levels, thus reducing the amount of power that needs to be coupled to the detector. It is essentially a voltage-responding device, with a typical signal range of 1.25 mV to 224 mV rms or −45 dBm to 0 dBm, re 50 Ω.

For convenience, the signal is internally ac-coupled, using a 5 pF capacitor to a load of 3 kΩ in shunt with 1.3 pF. This high-pass coupling, with a corner at approximately 16 MHz, determines the lowest operating frequency. Therefore, the source may be dc grounded.

The AD8312 output, VOUT, increases from close to ground to about 1.2 V because the input signal level increases from 1.25 mV to 224 mV. A capacitor may be connected between the VOUT and CFLT pins when it is desirable to increase the time interval over which averaging of the input waveform occurs.

The AD8312 is available in a 6-ball, 1.0 mm × 1.5 mm, wafer-level chip scale package and consumes 4.2 mA from a 2.7 V to 5.5 V supply.


  • Cellular handsets (GSM, CDMA, WCDMA)
  • RSSI and TSSI for wireless terminal devices
  • Transmitter power measurement


  • Complete RF detector function
  • Typical range: -45 dBm to 0 dBm, re 50 Ω
  • Frequency response from 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz
  • Temperature-stable linear-in-dB response
    Accurate to 3.5 GHz
  • Rapid Response: 85/120 ns (rise/fall)
  • Low Power: 12 mW at 2.7 V

Functional Block Diagram for AD8312


Title Content Type File Type
AD8312: 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz, 45 dB RF Detector Data Sheet (Rev A, 01/2011) (pdf, 1433 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-1040: RF Power Calibration Improves Performance of Wireless Transmitters  (pdf, 152 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-617: MicroCSP Wafer Level Chip Scale Package  (pdf, 276 kB) Application Notes PDF
Measurement and Control of RF Power
by Eamon Nash, Analog Devices, Inc.
Technical Articles HTML
Detecting Fast RF Bursts using Log Amps  (pdf, 174 kB)
by Yuping Toh, Analog Devices, Inc.
Technical Articles PDF
Make Precise Base-Station Power Measurements  (pdf, 1764 kB)
(Microwaves and RF, November 2002)
Technical Articles PDF
Log Amps and Directional Couplers Enable VSWR Detection  (pdf, 2223 kB)
by Anil Rachakonda and Larry Hawkins, Analog Devices, Inc. (RF Design, 1/1/2007)
Technical Articles PDF
Measuring VSWR and Gain in Wireless Systems  (pdf)
By Eamon Nash, Analog Devices Inc., (Microwave Journal, Nov 2005)
Technical Articles PDF
Measuring the RF Power in CDMA2000 and W-CDMA High Power Amplifiers (HPAs)  (pdf, 609 kB)
By Larry Hawkins, Analog Devices, Inc. (MPD Digest, Nov. 2005)
Technical Articles PDF
Design a Logamp RF Pulse Detector  (pdf, 338 kB)
by Eamon Nash
(Microwaves & RF, January 1, 2000)
Technical Articles PDF
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Industrial Applications Overview HTML
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
What is an RF Detector, and how is it used? FAQs/RAQs HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
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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