Direct-Conversion Tuner ICs for Digital DBS Applications

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  • Low-Cost Bipolar Design, Lowest Cost Architecture
  • Operate from a Single +5V Supply
  • 950MHz to 2150MHz Input Frequency Range*
  • On-Chip Quadrature Generator, Dual-Modulus Prescaler (/64, /65)
  • Input Levels
    • 69dBm to -19dBm per Carrier (MAX2102)
    • -60dBm to -19dBm per Carrier (MAX2105)
  • Over 50dB AGC Control Range (MAX2102)
  • Noise Figure = 13.2dB (MAX2102); IP3 = 6.5dBm (at 1450MHz)
  • Automatic Baseband Offset Correction
  • Easy Interface to MAX1002/MAX1003 Dual ADC and Popular Baseband ICs
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The MAX2102/MAX2105* are low-cost direct-conversion tuner ICs designed for use in digital direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) television set-top box units. The direct-conversion architecture reduces system cost compared to devices with IF-based architectures.

The MAX2102/MAX2105 directly tune L-band signals to baseband using a broadband I/Q downconverter. Operating frequency range spans from at least 950MHz to 2150MHz.

The ICs include a low-noise amplifier (LNA) with automatic gain control (AGC), two downconverter mixers, an oscillator buffer with 90° quadrature generator and prescaler, and baseband amplifiers.

The MAX2102 features an AGC range of 50dB, allowing input power levels as low as -69dBm. The MAX2105 has a reduced AGC range of 41dB and accepts input power levels down to -60dBm. The reduced AGC range of the MAX2105 allows the use of a high-gain external LNA to achieve a lower system noise figure (NF).


  • Broadband Systems
  • Cell Phone Base Stations
  • DBS Tuners
  • DVB-Compliant DBS Tuners
  • LMDS
  • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
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