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.

RF Converter Solutions

The mixed signal front end (MxFE®) is a high integration platform with RF analog-to-digital converters (ADC) and RF digital-to-analog converter (DAC) supporting multi-band or wide bandwidth systems where integration, power savings and frequency agility is important. The family of products support the JESD204B/C digital interface standard, the ability to change digital filtering settings dynamically and simplifies the system clocking requirements by including an on-chip multiplier.

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RF Converter Solutions

The AD9081 is a high integration device with four 16-bit, 12 GSPS (RF) digital-to-analog converter (DAC) cores and four 12-bit, 4 GSPS rate RF analog-to-digital converter (ADC) cores. It features a 16-lane, 24.75 Gbps JESD204C or 15.5 Gbps JESD204B data transceiver port, an on-chip clock multiplier, and digital signal processing capability targeted at multi-band or wide signal bandwidth multi-channel applications.

The AD9082 is a high integration device with four 16-bit, 12 GSPS (RF) digital-to-analog converter (DAC) cores and two 12-bit, 6 GSPS rate RF analog-to-digital converter (ADC) cores. It features a 16-lane, 24.75 Gbps JESD204C or 15.5 Gbps JESD204B data transceiver port, an on-chip clock multiplier, and digital signal processing capability targeted at wide signal bandwidths and applications requiring transmit observation receiver signal paths.

The AD9213 is a single, 12-bit, 6 GSPS/10.25 GSPS, radio frequency (RF) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with a 6.5 GHz input bandwidth. The AD9213 supports high dynamic range frequency and time domain applications requiring wide instantaneous bandwidth and low conversion error rates (CER). The AD9213 features a 16-lane JESD204B interface to support maximum bandwidth capability.

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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