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12 June 2018

Analog Devices adds 200MHz-bandwidth RF transceiver to speed development of 2G-5G base-stations and phased-array radar

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Analog Devices Inc of Norwood, MA, USA (which provides mixed-signal ICs for cable access) has expanded its RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem with what is claimed to be the industry’s widest-bandwidth RF transceiver, providing designers with a single radio platform to accelerate the deployment of 5G, sustain 2G/3G/4G coverage, and simplify phased-array radar design.

The ADRV9009 RF transceiver delivers twice the bandwidth (200MHz) of previous-generation devices and replaces as many as 20 components, cutting power in half and package size by 60%. With what is claimed to be industry leading performance and reduced size, weight and power, the ADRV9009 transceiver meets the rigorous antenna density and expanded network capacity requirements of emerging 5G wireless infrastructure equipment and aerospace & defense systems, says the firm.

Said to be the first RF transceiver to support all existing cellular standards, the ADRV9009 is tunable over a range of 75MHz to 6GHz to support 2G/3G/4G/5G services, allowing cellular equipment manufacturers to adopt a single, compact radio design across all band and power variants. This is reckoned to reduce product design times by as much as half while simplifying the deployment and maintenance of multi-band, multi-standard communications equipment.

“For the first time, designers of cellular communications equipment have a common radio platform that can handle emerging wideband applications like 5G while delivering the high performance required by existing 2G, 3G, and 4G applications,” says Nitin Sharma, general manager of Analog Devices’ Transceiver Product Group.

Analog Devices says that, because of its wide bandwidth, low power and small form factor, the ADRV9009 allows designers to meet the escalating radio-channel-count requirements of 5G massive MIMO equipment. The new RF transceiver is a single-chip TDD solution that can also be used in the design of portable, laboratory-grade 5G test & measurement devices required for field testing of cellular and Internet of Things networks.

For aerospace & defense systems, the ADRV9009 addresses the high-performance requirements of both wideband and narrowband applications such as military communications and signal intelligence. The new RF transceiver platform also features fast frequency hopping for enhanced link security and spectrum efficiency.

For both advanced cellular and phased-array radar systems, the ADRV9009 is said to simplify digital beam-forming design by handling local oscillator (LO) synchronization on-chip, eliminating the need for external LOs.

The RadioVerse design and technology ecosystem is said to accelerate advanced radio design and development and includes integrated radio platforms, software tools, evaluation and prototyping platforms, a range of reference designs, and full radio solutions. To accelerate time to market with the ADRV9009 RF transceiver, the RadioVerse ecosystem provides a JESD204B FPGA integration framework, a production-ready RF system-on-module (RF-SoM) with dual ADRV9009 devices, and a global partnership network to provide additional design and technical services.

Tags: Analog Devices

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