Features and Benefits
- RF bandwidth to 13 GHz
- High and low speed FMCW ramp generation
- 25-bit fixed modulus allows subhertz frequency resolution
- PFD frequencies up to 110 MHz
- Normalized phase noise floor of −224 dBc/Hz
- FSK and PSK functions
- Sawtooth, triangular, and parabolic waveform generation
- Ramp superimposed with FSK
- Ramp with 2 different sweep rates
- Ramp delay, frequency readback, and interrupt functions
- Programmable phase control
- 2.7 V to 3.45 V analog power supply
- 1.8 V digital power supply
- Programmable charge pump currents
- 3-wire serial interface
- Digital lock detect
- ESD performance: 3000 V HBM, 1000 V CDM
- Qualified for automotive applications
Product DetailsThe ADF4159 is a 13 GHz, fractional-N frequency synthesizer with modulation and both fast and slow waveform generation capability. The part uses a 25-bit fixed modulus, allowing subhertz frequency resolution.
The ADF4159 consists of a low noise digital phase frequency detector (PFD), a precision charge pump, and a programmable reference divider. The Σ-Δ-based fractional interpolator allows programmable fractional-N division. The INT and FRAC registers define an overall N divider as N = INT + (FRAC/225).
The ADF4159 can be used to implement frequency shift keying (FSK) and phase shift keying (PSK) modulation. Frequency sweep modes are also available to generate various waveforms in the frequency domain, for example, sawtooth and triangular waveforms. Sweeps can be set to run automatically, or each step manually triggered by an external pulse. The ADF4159 features cycle slip reduction circuitry, which enables faster lock times without the need for modifications to the loop filter.
Control of all on-chip registers is via a simple 3-wire interface. The ADF4159 operates with an analog power supply in the range of 2.7 V to 3.45 V and a digital power supply in the range of 1.62 V to 1.98 V. The device can be powered down when not in use.
- Communications infrastructure
- Communications test equipment
- FMCW radars
Markets and Technologies
Product Lifecycle Recommended for New Designs
This product has been released to the market. The data sheet contains all final specifications and operating conditions. For new designs, ADI recommends utilization of these products.
Evaluation Kits (2)
This page contains ordering information for the evaluation board used to evaluate the ADF4159 Direct Modulation/Fast Waveform Generating, 13 GHz, Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer.
The 24 GHz radar sensor platform called Demorad is a novel microwave radar evaluation platform solution with out-of-the-box software examples and easy startup of radar sensor all done within minutes. Demorad platform enables rapid product prototyping aimed at R&D interests in investigating radar and developing radar sensor products that can measure real-time information such as target/object presence, its movement, angular position, velocity, and range from the sensor.
The Demorad platform provides both hardware and software that allows for very fast evaluation and development of 24 GHz radar without the need to have RF microwave and signal chain system expertize, and significantly reduces development time and system expertize during product development phases.
A high performance RF and analog full signal chain including DSP processing, that is, an RF to bits solution is provided that allows for flexible processing on raw acquisition data, allowing radar experiments on a state-of-the art level hardware in a very short time.
Full software support of 24 GHz radar ICs using a software graphical user interface (GUI) and in DSP radar support function libraries with added capability to write raw data for post processing on PC using Matlab tools.
Figure 1. Demorad 24GHz Evaluation Software Window showing Range-Doppler mode.
The Demorad uses ADI’s 24 GHz, multichannel radar solution. The sensor consists of a single PCB with 2 transmitter/4 receiver antennas on the front side connected to the 24 GHz RF chipset and data acquisition ADC’s and DSP on the reverse side. This forms the basis for a reference design that customers can use to build their final product design.
Figure 2. Demorad full signal chain.
The Demorad uses FMCW radar to detect range and velocity of objects up to 200 m away with a resolution of approximately 75 cm. The field of view (FOV) is approximately 120° in azimuth and 15° in elevation based on the antenna array design. By combining antennas as used in digital beam forming (DBF), the Demorad uses DBF to calculate angular information in the FOV.
Figure 3. Demorad system setup.
- Traffic monitoring and car parking
- UAV/drone collision avoidance and altimeters
- Monitoring and security systems
Features & Benefits
This evaluation board is obsolete and no longer recommended. The replacement board is the TinyRad Demonstration Platform.
- Out-of-the-box Radar demonstration platform.
- Evaluates 24GHz Radar chipset
- Antenna to bits functionality.
- Accompanying software GUI to evaluate:
- Range Doppler
- Digital Beam Forming.
Software & Systems Requirements
Tools & Simulations
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.
Reference Designs (1)
ADF4159 Companion Parts
Recommended Linear Regulators
- For ultalow noise, 3V applications, 200mA output: ADP151.
- For high accuracy, 5V applications: ADP3334.
- For ultralow noise, 3V applications,150mA output: ADP150.
- For a step up, 3V to 5V regulator: ADP1613.
Recommended PLL Active Filter
Recommended Divide-by-4 Prescaler
- For a low noise, low power, fixed RF block: ADF5001.
Product Selection Guide (1)
Circuit Note (1)
ADI has always placed the highest emphasis on delivering products that meet the maximum levels of quality and reliability. We achieve this by incorporating quality and reliability checks in every scope of product and process design, and in the manufacturing process as well. "Zero defects" for shipped products is always our goal.
Sample & Buy
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