Features and Benefits

  • Frequency Range: 700MHz to 6GHz
  • Low Power: 2.7V to 3.6V Supply; 29.5mA
  • Low LO Carrier Leakage: –43dBm at 1.8GHz
  • Side-Band Suppression: –50dBc at 1.8GHz
  • Output IP3: 19dBm at 1.8GHz
  • Low RF Output Noise Floor: –157dBm/Hz at 30MHz Offset, PRF = 1.8dBm, fRF = 2.17GHz
  • Sine Wave or Square Wave LO Drive
  • SPI Control:
    • Adjustable Gain: 19dB in 1dB Steps
    • Effecting Supply Current from 9mA to 39mA
    • I/Q Offset Adjust: –64dBm LO Carrier Leakage
    • I/Q Gain/Phase Adjust: –61dBc Side-Band Suppressed
  • 24-Lead 4mm × 4mm Plastic QFN Package

Product Details

The LTC5589 is a direct conversion I/Q modulator designed for low power wireless applications that enables direct modulation of differential baseband I and Q signals on an RF carrier. Single side-band modulation or side-band suppressed upconversion can be achieved by applying 90° phase-shifted signals to the I and Q inputs. The I/Q baseband input ports can be either AC or DC coupled to a source with a common mode voltage level of about 1.4V. The SPI interface controls the supply current, modulator gain, and allows adjustments of I and Q gain and phase imbalance to optimize the LO carrier feedthrough and side-band suppression. The LO port can be driven with sine wave or square wave LO drive. A fixed LC network on the LO and RF ports covers 700MHz to 6GHz operating range. An on-chip thermometer can be activated to compensate for gain-temperature variations. More accurate temperature measurements can be made using an on-chip diode. In addition, a continuous analog gain control (VCTRL) pin can be used for fast power control.


  • Wireless Microphones
  • Battery Powered Radios
  • Vector Modulator
  • 2.45GHz and 5.8GHz Transmitters
  • Software Defined Radios (SDR)
  • Military Radios

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