Features and Benefits
- 24 GHz to 24.25 GHz voltage controlled oscillator (VCO)
- 2-channel 24 GHz power amplifier (PA) with 8 dBm output
- Single-ended outputs
- 2-channel muxed outputs with mute function
- Programmable output power
- N divider output (frequency discriminator)
- 24 GHz local oscillator (LO) output buffer
- 250 MHz signal bandwidth
- Power control detector
- Auxiliary 8-bit ADC
- ±5°C temperature sensor
- 4-wire serial peripheral interface (SPI)
- Electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance
- Human body model (HBM): 2000 V
- Charged device model (CDM): 250 V
- Qualified for automotive applications
The ADF5901 is a 24 GHz Tx monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) with an on-chip, 24 GHz VCO with PGA and dual Tx channels for radar systems. The on-chip, 24 GHz VCO generates the 24 GHz signal for the two Tx channels and the LO output. Each Tx channel contains a power control circuit. There is also an on-chip temperature sensor.
Control of all the on-chip registers is through a simple 4-wire interface.
The ADF5901 comes in a compact 32-lead, 5 mm × 5 mm LFCSP package.
- Automotive radars
- Industrial radars
- Microwave radar sensors
- Industrial sensors
- Precision instrumentation
- Tank level sensors
- Smart sensors
- Door opening
- Energy saving
- Commercial sensors: object detection and tracking
- Cars, boats, aircraft, and UAVs (drones): collision avoidance
- Intelligent transportation systems: intelligent traffic monitoring and control
- Surveillance and security
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 (3)
The EV-ADF5901SD2Z evaluation board allows the user
to evaluate the performance of the ADF5901 24 GHz VCO
and PGA with a 2-channel PA output. Figure 1 shows the
EV-ADF5901SD2Z, which contains the ADF5901, the ADF4159,
three high frequency, K-type SMA connectors for the local
oscillator (LO) output and two transceiver (Tx) outputs, two
high frequency SMA connectors for the AUX and the AUX
outputs, banana connectors for power supply, and a connector
for the serial interface.
The EV-ADF5901SD2Z evaluation kit also contains software that is compatible with Windows XP and later versions to allow easy programming of the device.
The EV-ADF5901SD2Z evaluation board requires an EVALSDP-CS1Z (SDP-S) controller board, which is not supplied with the kit. The EVAL-SDP-CS1Z allows software programming of the ADF5901 device.
Full specifications on the ADF5901 are available in the ADF5901 data sheet, which should be consulted in conjunction with this user guide when working with the evaluation board.
The EV-RADAR-MMIC2 evaluation board is designed to evaluate the performance of the ADF5901, a 24 GHz transmitter (Tx) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC); the ADF5904, a 24 GHz receiver (Rx) MMIC; and the ADF4159, a 13 GHz phase-locked loop (PLL) for a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar system.
The EV-ADAR-D2S adapter board contains the eight AD8129 differential receiver amplifiers that convert the baseband ADF5904 differential signals to single-ended signals with a 20 dB gain.
The evaluation kit also contains the Analog Devices EV-RADAR-MMIC Software, which is compatible with Windows® XP and later Windows versions to allow easy programming of the device.
The EV-RADAR-MMIC2 evaluation board requires an SDP-S or SDP-B board (not supplied with the kit). The SDP board allows software programming of all the devices.
Full specifications for the ADF5901, ADF5904, and ADF4159 are listed in the ADF5901 data sheet, the ADF5904 data sheet, and the ADF4159 data sheet available from Analog Devices and should be consulted in conjunction with UG-866 when using the evaluation board.
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
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