Features and Benefits

  • 250MHz to 4000MHz RF Frequency Range
  • Integrates Two Analog Attenuators in One Monolithic Device
  • Flexible Attenuation-Control Ranges
    • 22dB (per Attenuator)
    • 44dB (Both Attenuators Cascaded)
  • 2.4dB 1500MHz Insertion Loss (per Attenuator)
  • Linear dB/V Analog Control Response Curve Simplifies Automatic Leveling Control and Gain-Trim Algorithms
  • Excellent Attenuation Flatness Over Wide Frequency Ranges and Attenuation Settings
  • Low 7.3mA Supply Current
  • Single +5.0V Supply Voltage

Product Details

The MAX19790 is a dual, general-purpose analog voltage variable attenuator (VVA) designed to interface with 50Ω systems operating in the 250MHz to 4000MHz frequency range. Each attenuator includes a control circuit that provides 22dB of attenuation range with a linear control slope of 10dB/V.

Both attenuators share a common analog control and can be cascaded together to yield 44dB of total dynamic range, with a combined linear control slope of 20dB/V.

The IC is a monolithic device designed on one of Maxim's proprietary SiGe BiCMOS processes. The device operates from a single +5.0V supply and is available in a compact, 36-pin thin QFN package (6mm x 6mm x 0.8mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the extended -40°C to +85°C temperature range.


  • Automatic Level Control (ALC)
  • Broadband System Applications, Including Wireless Infrastructure Digital and Spread-Spectrum Communication Systems
  • General Test Equipment
  • Lineup Gain Trim
  • Microwave Terrestrial Links
  • Receiver Gain Control
  • Temperature Compensation Circuits
  • Transmitter Gain Control
  • VSAT/Satellite Modems
  • WCDMA/LTE, TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE, WiMAX®, cdma2000®, GSM/EDGE and MMDS Base Stations

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At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

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