Analog Devices Press Release - September 21, 2009
Analog Devices Delivers Breakthrough Radio Frequency Circuits
New highly integrated RF mixers and modulators enable high-density radio cards, increase capacity and speed for
LTE and 4G base stations.
for 4G Cellular Base Stations
21, 2009 -- NORWOOD, Mass.-- (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in
high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and RF integrated circuits, today introduced a
series of highly integrated RFICs (radio frequency integrated circuits) designed for LTE (long term evolution) and
4th generation (4G) cellular base stations. LTE is a set of enhancements to the UMTS (universal mobile
telecommunications system) standard and is considered to be the last step toward the 4th generation of radio
technologies in cellular networks. As worldwide mobile carriers evolve toward 4G technologies, small
higher-density radio card form factors are needed to support the delivery of continuous voice and high-data-rate
services. ADI’s new
ADRF660x series of mixers and
ADRF670x series of modulators enable these high-density radio cards by combining multiple discrete
functional blocks into a single device, while meeting the demanding performance required by higher-capacity base
stations. With this breakthrough level of integration, base station manufacturers can realize an unprecedented 60
percent reduction in board space and a significant savings on bill of materials costs.
“Today’s 3G and LTE
base stations use many standard discrete RF components to optimize performance across both the transmit and
receive RF signal paths. ADI’s new
ADRF670x products combine the radio frequency conversion functional blocks into one integrated circuit,
without any sacrifice in performance,” said Peter Real, vice president, Linear and RF products, Analog Devices.
“These new devices are based on ADI’s PLL/VCO synthesizer, mixer and modulator technologies, which offer the
industry’s leading phase noise performance, power consumption and linearity for smaller form factor and higher
density macro, micro, and picocell base stations.”
About the ADRF660x and ADRF670x Series
ADRF670x series each debut with four pin-compatible devices that cover the commonly used cellular 2G, 3G and
LTE frequency bands and ease system design through integration allowing for a common footprint PCB (printed
circuit board) design for all cellular frequency bands and air interface standards.
ADRF670x products integrate a high dynamic range analog I/Q modulator, RF output switch and PLL (phase
locked loop) with integrated VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) in one compact RFIC . The modulator input
bandwidth of 500 MHz is capable of supporting either a specified band or complex IF up-conversion transmit signal
paths. In addition, the modulator output supports a linear high output power level for wideband multi-carrier LTE
ADRF660x products integrate a high-linearity active RF mixer; RF input balun for single- ended 50 Ω input;
and a PLL synthesizer with integrated VCO in one compact RF circuit. The active mixer provides a voltage
conversion gain of 6 dB, alleviating the need for additional IF amplification over competing passive mixers. The
differential IF output is capable of supporting highest IF frequencies up to 500 MHz. The
ADRF660x series can be used for receiver path down-conversion and transmit path observation receiver
All eight devices share a common SPI control interface and are software compatible. The
integrated PLL is a multi-modulus Fractional-N synthesizer designed to support LTE’s 100 KHz channel raster and
offers the industry’s lowest in-band phase noise. For added flexibility all devices provide a buffered local
oscillator (LO) output and allow the use of an external VCO.
More information and complete data sheets are
Availability, Pricing and Complementary Parts
ADRF660x integrated mixers are sampling now and are priced at $8.98 per unit in 10,000- unit quantities. The
ADRF670x integrated modulators are also sampling now and are priced at $9.98 per unit in 10,000-unit
quantities. The following table denotes frequency bands for all ADRF660x and ADRF670x products:
||Internal LO Range
||± 3 dB RF Out Balun Range
||± 1dB RF Out Balun Range
||750 - 1160 MHz
||300 - 2500 MHz
||450 - 1600 MHz
||1550 - 2150 MHz
||1000 - 3100 MHz
||1350 - 2750 MHz
||2100 - 2600 MHz
||1100 - 3200 MHz
||1450 - 2850 MHz
||2500 - 2900 MHz
||1200 - 3600 MHz
||1600 - 3200 MHz
||790 - 1160 MHz
||400 - 1300 MHz
||550 - 1000 MHz
||1550 - 2150 MHz
||1200 - 2400 MHz
||1550 - 2200 MHz
||2100 - 2600 MHz
||1600 - 2600 MHz
||1900 - 2400 MHz
||2500 - 2900 MHz
||2200 - 3000 MHz
||2400 - 2800 MHz
ADRF670x products are well suited for use with ADI’s leading mixed-signal converters, amplifiers and clocks.
The following complementary components for the
ADRF670x products are available to implement a complete radio transceiver:
AD9230 analog-to-digital converters;
AD9122 TxDAC® digital-to-analog converter;
ADL532x transmit drivers and
ADL552x LNA amplifiers; and
AD9520-x family of clock ICs.
ADI’s RF IC Portfolio Covers Entire RF Signal Chain
Using a unique combination of design skills, system understanding and process technologies, Analog Devices offers
the broadest portfolio of RF ICs covering the entire RF signal chain from industry-leading high-performance RF
function blocks to highly integrated WiMAX and short-range, single-chip transceiver solutions. The RF function
blocks include DDS and PLL synthesizers; TruPwr™ rms power detectors and logarithmic amplifiers; X-Amp® VGAs;
power amplifiers, LNAs and other RF amplifiers, mixers and direct conversion modulator and demodulator products.
These products are supported by a wide range of free design tools to ease the development of RF systems. For more
About Analog Devices, Inc.
Innovation, performance, and excellence
are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies
within the technology sector. Acknowledged throughout the industry as the world leader in data conversion and
signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of
electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated
circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood,
Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is
listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.
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