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AD604:  Dual, Ultralow Noise Variable Gain Amplifier

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The AD604 is an ultralow noise, very accurate, dual-channel, linear-in-dB variable gain amplifier (VGA) optimized for time-based variable gain control in ultrasound applications; however, it supports any application requiring low noise, wide bandwidth, variable gain control. Each channel of the AD604 provides a 300 kΩ input resistance and unipolar gain control for ease of use. User determined gain ranges, gain scaling (dB/V), and dc level shifting of output further optimize performance.

Each channel of the AD604 utilizes a high performance preamplifier that provides an input referred noise voltage of 0.8 nV/√Hz. The very accurate linear-in-dB response of the AD604 is achieved with the differential input exponential amplifier (DSX-AMP) architecture. Each of the DSX-AMPs comprise a variable attenuator of 0 dB to 48.36 dB followed by a high speed fixed gain amplifier. The attenuator is a 7-stage R-1.5R ladder network. The attenuation between tap points is 6.908 dB and 48.36 dB for the ladder network.

The equation for the linear-in-dB gain response is

G(dB) = (Gain Scaling (dB/V) × VGN (V))
+ (Preamp Gain (dB) – 19 dB)

Preamplifier gains between 5 and 10 (14 dB and 20 dB) provide overall gain ranges per channel of 0 dB through 48 dB and 6 dB through 54 dB. The two channels of the AD604 can be cascaded to provide greater levels of gain range by bypassing the second channel’s preamplifier. However, in multiple channel systems, cascading the AD604 with other devices in the AD60x VGA family that do not include a preamplifier may provide a more efficient solution. The AD604 provides access to the output of the preamplifier, allowing for external filtering between the preamplifier and the differential attenuator stage.

Note that scale factors up to 40 dB/V are achievable with reduced accuracy for scales above 30 dB/V. The gain scales linearly-in-dB with control voltages of 0.4 V to 2.4 V with the 20 dB/V scale. Below and above this gain control range, the gain begins to deviate from the ideal linear-in-dB control law. The gain control region below 0.1 V is not used for gain control. In fact when the gain control voltage is <50 mV, the amplifier channel is powered down to 1.9 mA.

The AD604 is available in 24-lead SSOP, SOIC, and PDIP packages and is guaranteed for operation over the −40°C to +85°C temperature range.

Applications

  • Ultrasound and sonar time gain control
  • High performance AGC systems
  • Signal measurement

FEATURES and BENEFITS

  • Ultralow input noise at maximum gain:
    0.80 nV/√Hz, 3.0 pA/√Hz
  • Two independent linear-in-dB channels
  • Absolute gain range per channel programmable:
    0 dB to 48 dB (preamp gain = 14 dB)
    through 6 dB to 54 dB (preamp gain = 20 dB)
  • ±1.0 dB gain accuracy
  • Bandwidth: 40 MHz (−3 dB)
  • 300 kΩ input resistance
  • Variable gain scaling: 20 dB/V through 40 dB/V
  • Stable gain with temperature and supply variations
  • Single-ended unipolar gain control
  • Power shutdown at lower end of gain control
  • Drive ADCs directly

Functional Block Diagram for AD604

Documentation

Title Content Type File Type
AD604: Dual, Ultralow Noise Variable Gain Amplifier Data Sheet  (Rev G, 12/2010) (pdf, 817 kB) Data Sheets PDF
Design and Operation of Automatic Gain Control Loops for Receivers in Modern Communication Systems  (pdf, 129 kB) Tutorials PDF
Choosing High-Speed Signal Processing Components for Ultrasound Systems
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1995)
Analog Dialogue HTML
Ultrasound System Considerations and their Impact on Front-End Components  (pdf)
(Analog Dialogue, Vol 36, No. 3)
Analog Dialogue PDF
Variable Gain Amplifier Selection Table  (pdf, 68 kB) Product Selection Guide PDF
RF Source Booklet  (PDF, 4353 kB)
RF IC Product Overview - Version P (02/2014)
Overview PDF
Leading Inside Advertorials: Solving Dynamic Range Problems in Analog Systems  (pdf, 75 kB) Overview PDF
What are Variable Gain Amplifiers (VGA's) and how are they used? FAQs/RAQs HTML
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
AD604 SPICE Macro-Model SPICE Models HTML

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Price, packaging, availability

AD604 Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
Range
Packing,
Qty
Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
Purchase/Sample
AD604ANZ Status: Production 24 ld PDIP 24 Ind Tube, 15 $18.55 $16.78 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD604AR Status: Last Time Buy 24 ld SOIC - Wide 24 Ind Tube, 31 $20.97 $18.95 N  Material Info PCN/PDN Purchase
AD604AR-REEL Status: Production 24 ld SOIC - Wide 24 Ind Reel, 1000 - $18.95 N  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD604ARSZ Status: Production 24 ld SSOP 24 Ind Tube, 59 $22.27 $20.12 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD604ARSZ-R7 Status: Production 24 ld SSOP 24 Ind Reel, 500 $22.27 $20.12 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD604ARSZ-RL Status: Last Time Buy 24 ld SSOP 24 Ind Reel, 1500 - $20.12 Y  Material Info PCN/PDN Purchase
AD604ARZ Status: Production 24 ld SOIC - Wide 24 Ind Tube, 31 $18.55 $16.78 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD604ARZ-RL Status: Production 24 ld SOIC - Wide 24 Ind Reel, 1000 - $16.78 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.

AD604 Evaluation Board
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
Purchase/Sample
AD604-EVALZ Status: Production Evaluation Board $190.63 Yes -

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