Converting the Challenges of a Faster-Moving World.

Today’s system designers working in communication infrastructure, instrumentation, as well as aerospace and defense are faced with complex challenges to meet increasing bandwidth demands in a progressively congested frequency spectrum. Frequency planning compromises—along with size, weight, power, and performance requirements—increase signal chain complexity as the system operation moves from the RF to the mm-Wave spectrum domain and bandwidth demands move from megahertz to gigahertz. The ability to utilize more of the frequency spectrum enables new system capabilities and features to create a better user experience, but it places greater emphasis on software development. Explore how our RF Converter Solutions help to solve these complex challenges.

RF Converters Enable Efficient Multiband Radios for Next-Generation Wireless Base Stations

Cellular bands have increased 10x, while data converter sample rates have increased 100x. Where does this leave the infrastructure base station?

RF Converters: A Technology That Is Enabling Wideband Radios

This article takes a look at how RF converters can now deliver on the promise of wideband radios, dramatically reducing the hardware needed to create a radio, and enabling a new level of reconfigurability via software.

Enabling High-Performance Software-Defined Platforms with RF Converters

Wide Bandwidth and High-Dynamic Range

The wide bandwidth of our gigahertz RF converters lets you capture or synthesize the entire frequency spectrum at once. That simplifies hardware design by reducing the number of frequency translation stages and relaxing filter requirements. High-dynamic range and superior noise performance also enables the use of higher-order modulation encoding schemes to improve information throughput. All of which means there’s more to work within the digital domain.

Integrated Digital Signal Processing

Integrated digital signal processing supports software-defined platforms by shifting frequency translation and filtering designs from the analog-domain to the digital-domain. That gives you a higher level of scalability and flexibility in frequency tuning that you simply cannot get with fixed hardware signal chains. As a result, you adapt and re-configure platforms to avoid obsolescence and meet the demands of ever changing markets.

Enabling the Transition to Software-Defined Platforms

The increasing demands for advanced capabilities, lower costs, and faster time to market all point to a software solution. The combination of high-performance analog and digital signal processing found in ADI RF converters are designed to support the evolution of software-defined platforms. That can be an essential building block to capitalizing on market opportunities and maximizing product lifecycles in Aerospace & Defense, Communications, and Instrumentation.

Delivering value in key application areas


Aerospace & Defense

Phased array radar, remote command and control, and electronic countermeasures. Innovations in the defense market are more reliant on data than ever. ADI’s wide-bandwidth and high-dynamic range converter cores enable full spectrum data synthesis/capture providing scalability and flexibility for a variety modern aerospace and defense applications.

Instrumentation & Measurement

Instrumentation & Measurement

The arrival of 5G will require test and measurement equipment to measure performance across a much wider frequency spectrum (including millimeter waves at 28 and 39 GHz) and conduct these measurements on previously unsurpassed bandwidths. The high-performance RF converters from Analog Devices enable design of cost-effective flexible equipment design which meet 5G infrastructure requirements.


Whether transmitting critical medical information, reporting news, or linking people with family and friends, communications systems connect the world. The high-performance products from Analog Devices deliver the cost-effective results demanded in the network of point-to-point communications systems, multi-band 4G/LTE and 5G wireless radios, private mobile radios, and wired infrastructure equipment.

RF Converter Solutions

The AD9213 is a single-channel 12-bit 10.25GSPS RF ADC and includes an optional, independently programmable digital down-converter (DDC) block, optional/bypassable on-chip PLL, and JESD204B interface. The AD9213 enables digitization with >4GHz signal bandwidth while offering breakthrough parametric performance, with specific relevance to the aerospace and defense, instrumentation, and communications markets.

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The AD9172 is a high performance, dual, 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that supports DAC sample rates to 12 GSPS. It features an 8-lane, 15 Gbps JESD204B data input port, a high performance on-chip DAC clock multiplier and digital signal processing capabilities targeted at single and multi-band direct-to-RF wireless applications.

The AD9208 is a dual, 14-bit 3.0 GSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC). It has an on-chip buffer and a sample-and-hold circuit designed for low power, small size, and ease of use. This product is designed to support communications applications capable of sampling wide bandwidth analog signals of up to 5 GHz.

The AD9694 is a quad, 14-bit, 500 MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The device has an on-chip buffer and a sample-and-hold circuit designed for low power, small size, and ease of use. This device is designed for sampling wide bandwidth analog signals of up to 1.4 GHz. The AD9694 is optimized for wide input bandwidth, high sampling rate, excellent linearity, and low power in a small package.

RF Converter Solution Portfolio : Find the Right Part



Mixed Signal Front Ends (MxFE®)

Mixed Signal Front-Ends (MxFE®) are to take advantage of smart partitioning by integrating receive and/or transmit path converters, digital signal processing, amplifiers, and filters. These products provide a highly integrated solution delivering performance, lower power, and size reduction for various applications, including communications infrastructure, aerospace and defense, instrumentation, and broadband wireless to name a few.

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High-speed (≥30MSPS), 8-bit to 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) include wideband radio frequency, intermediate frequency signal processing, and general-purpose baseband classes.

The Analog Devices high-performance DDS portfolio incorporates features such as numerical oscillators, fast hop modes, and low phase noise making them an ideal agile frequency synthesizer solution. These products are employed in wired and wireless communications, instrumentation, radar, electronic warfare, and other applications.

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Analog Devices’ high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) offer the best performance and highest sampling speed in the market. The product offerings include baseband/IF sampling ADCs (10 MSPS to 1Gsps), wideband RF Sampling ADCs (>1 GSPS), and 8-bit to 16-bit resolution.

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Amplifiers and Drivers/Clocks

Analog Devices has developed a broad portfolio of high-speed differential amplifiers that provides the high performance needed to meet any requirement. Our high-speed amplifier portfolio covers single-ended and differential inputs to meet a variety of application needs.

Analog Devices offers ultralow jitter clock distribution and clock generation products for clocking high performance analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs).

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The Evolution of the JESD204 Standard

JESD204 Serial Interface

The JESD204 and the JESD204B revision data converter serial interface standard was created through the JEDEC committee to standardize and reduce the number of data inputs/outputs between high-speed data converters and other devices, such as FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays).

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Analog Devices' JESD204 Software Framework

Analog Devices’ JESD204 Interface Framework is a system-level software and HDL package targeted at simplifying system development by providing a performance optimized IP framework that integrates complex hardware such as high-speed converters, transceivers, and clocks with various FPGA platforms.

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The Evolution of the JESD204B High Speed Converter Interface Standard

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