Features and Benefits

  • Flexible reconfigurable radio common platform design
    • Transmit/receive channel bandwidth up to 1.2 GHz/2.4 GHz (4T2R)
    • RFDAC/RFADC RF frequency range up to 7.5 GHz
    • On-chip PLL with multichip synchronization
      • External RFCLK input option
  • Versatile digital features
    • Configurable digital up/down conversion (DDC and DUC)
      • 8 fine complex DUCs and 4 coarse complex DUCs
      • 8 fine complex DDCs and 4 coarse complex DDCs, 2 independent
      • 48-bit NCO per DUC/DDC
    • Programmable 192-tap PFIR filter for receive equalization
      • Supports 4 different profile settings loaded via GPIO
    • Receive AGC support
      • Fast detect with low latency for fast AGC control
      • Signal monitor for slow AGC control
      • Dedicated AGC support pins
    • Transmit DPD support
      • Programmable delay and gain per transmit data path
      • Coarse DDC delay adjust for DPD observation path
  • Auxiliary features
    • Power amplifier downstream protection circuitry
    • On-chip temperature monitoring unit
    • Programmable GPIO pins supporting different user configurations
    • ADC clock driver with selectable divide ratios
    • TDD power savings option and sharing ADCs
  • SERDES JESD204B/JESD204C interface, 16 lanes up to 24.75 Gbps
    • 8 lanes per each DAC and ADC
    • JESD204B compatible with maximum 15.5 Gbps lane rate
    • JESD204C compatible with maximum 24.75 Gbps lane rate
    • Supports real or complex digital data (8-bit, 12-bit, 16-bit, or 24-bit)
  • 15 mm × 15 mm, 324-ball BGA with 0.8 mm pitch

Product Details

The AD9986 is a highly integrated device with a 16-bit, 12 GSPS maximum sample rate RF DAC core, and a 12-bit, 6 GSPS rate RF ADC core. The AD9986 supports four transmitter channels and two receiver channels with four transmitter, two receiver (4T2R) configuration. The AD9986 is well suited for 2-antenna and 4-antenna transmitter applications requiring a wide bandwidth observation receiver path for the digital predistortion. The AD9986 supports up to a 6 GSPS complex transmit and receive data rate in single channel mode. The maximum radio channel bandwidth supported is 1.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz for the transmit and receive paths, respectively (4T2R). The AD9986 features a 16 lane, 24.75 Gbps JESD204C or 15.5 Gbps JESD204B serial data port, an on-chip clock multiplier, and digital signal processing capability targeted at multiband, direct-to-RF radio applications.


  • Wireless communications infrastructure
  • W-CDMA, LTE, LTE-A, Massive-MIMO
  • Microwave point-to-point, E-band, and 5G mm Wave
  • Broadband communications systems
  • DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0 CMTS
  • Communications test and measurement system

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  • Software & Systems Requirements

    Device Drivers

    API Device Drivers

    Device Application Programming Interface (API) C code drivers provided as reference code that allows the user to quickly configure the product using high-level function calls. The library acts as an abstraction layer between the application and the hardware. The API is developed in C99 to ensure agnostic processor and operating system integration. Customers can port this application layer code to their embedded systems by integrating their platform-specific code base to the API HAL layer.

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    Tools & Simulations


    AD9081/AD9082/AD9986/AD9988 RFIO Models

    Keysight ADS workbook and s-parameter files for simulating the frequency response of the AD908x DAC, ADC, and CLK interfaces. See Application note AN-2065: Optimizing RF performance of the AD9081 and AD9082” for instructions on how to use the models.

    Design Tools

    MxFE JESD204 Mode Selector Tool (Rev. E)

    The JESD204B/C Mode Selector Tool is a simple command line-based Windows executable that can be used to narrow down the number of JESD204x modes to only include those modes that support the user’s specific application use case. The tool guides the user through a use case description flow chart and gives the user a small list of applicable transmit and/or receive modes to choose from. This tool is applicable to the AD9081, AD9082, AD9177, AD9207, AD9209, AD9986, and AD9988.

    Companion Transport Layer RTL Code Generator Tool (Rev. 1.0)

    This command line executable tool generates a Verilog module which implements the JESD204 receive transport layer. The user specifies in a configuration file one or more modes to be supported by the transport layer module. These modes are defined as a set of JESD204 parameter values: L, M, F, S, N', and CF. The transport layer converts JESD204 lane data output from a JESD204 link layer IP to a data bus with a fixed width, containing interleaved virtual converter samples. Both JESD204B and JESD204C link layers are supported.

    JESD204x Frame Mapping Table Generator

    The JESD204x Frame Mapping Table Generator tool consists of two Windows executables that will allow the user to input any valid combination of JESD204x parameters (L, M, F, S, NP) in order to output a .csv file that illustrates the frame mapping of the JESD204x mode in table format. There is an executable that allows the user to input a single JESD204x mode and another, that allows the user to input the parameters for multiple JESD204x modes in a specified .csv format in order to output a .csv file that illustrates the frame mapping of each of the JESD204x modes that were input into separate tables.


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