Features and Benefits

  • Wide Band Coverage
    • RF Frequency Range from 10MHz to 500MHz
  • High Linearity
    • Greater than +34.4dBm IIP3 over the Full Attenuation Range
    • +21.8dBm Input P1dB
  • Integrates Two Analog Attenuators in One Monolithic Device
  • Two Convenient Control Options
    • Single Analog Voltage
    • On-Chip, SPI-Controlled 10-Bit DAC
  • Step-Up/Down Pulse Command Inputs
  • Flexible Attenuation Control Ranges
    • 22.4dB (per Attenuator)
    • 44.7dB (Both Attenuators Cascaded)
  • 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
  • On-Chip Comparator (for Successive Approximation Measurement of Attenuator Control Voltage)
  • Low 13mA Supply Current
  • Single +5V or 3.3V Supply Voltage
  • Pin Similar with MAX19791, MAX19792, and MAX19793
  • Lead-Free Package

Product Details

The MAX19794 dual general-purpose analog voltage variable attenuator (VVA) is designed to interface with 50Ω systems operating in the 10MHz to 500MHz frequency range. This device includes a patented control circuit that provides 22.4dB of attenuation range (per attenuator) with a typical linear control slope of 8dB/V.

Both attenuators share a common analog control. They can be cascaded together to yield 44.7dB of total attenuation range with a typical combined linear control slope of 16dB/V (5V operation). Alternatively, the on-chip, 4-wire SPI-controlled 10-bit DAC can be used to control both attenuators. In addition, a step-up/down feature allows user-programmable attenuator stepping through command pulses without re-programming the SPI interface.

The MAX19794 is a monolithic device designed using one of Maxim's proprietary SiGe BiCMOS processes. The part operates from a single +5V supply or alternatively operates from a single +3.3V supply. It is available in a compact 36-pin TQFN package (6mm x 6mm x 0.8mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the -40°C to +100°C extended 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 Point to Point Systems
  • 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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