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AD9361 RF agile transceiver from ADI covers 70MHz to 6GHz

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Analog Devices? transceiver? basestation? datacard dongles?

According to Tom Gratzek, Analog Devices' marketing manager for wireless communications, the company has been shipping its AD9361 RF agile transceiver, which covers a carrier frequency range from 70MHz to 6GHz, for two years for application in small cell base stations and datacard dongles.

However, the sales have been to a restricted customer list. The company is now opening up the parts for general sale and with increased support by way of links into Xilinx FPGA and software development tools.

The chip has a programmable channel bandwidth of between 200kHz and 56MHz and is suitable for interfacing to GSM, 3G and 4G cellular communications, WiFi and proprietary and point-to-point communications.

The AD9361 provides a two-channel direct-conversion I/Q transceiver, suitable for 2x2 MIMO applications with integrated 12bit ADCs and DACs. The receiver has a sensitivity of less than 2dB and the transmit side has quoted error vector magnitude of less than 40dB. The chip includes integrated fractional N synthesisers allowing direct digital connections.

Each receive sub-system includes independent automatic gain control, dc offset correction, quadrature correction, and digital filtering, eliminating the need for these functions in the digital base band. The AD9361 also has flexible manual gain modes that can be externally controlled.

The AD9361 is not accompanied by a software design kit and can be received on an FMC (FPGA mezzanine card), the AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ-FMC board, for interfacing to a Xilinx FPGA. Support incudes Gerber files, code references Linux sample applications and drivers all available for download.

"The AD9361 Agile Transceiver is a complete RF transceiver solution on a single chip C it's an RF architect's dream device," said Matt Ettus, president of Ettus Research, now acquired by National Instruments. "We combined the AD9361, with a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA, USB 3.0 interface and comprehensive software support, to create one of the industry's easiest-to-use and most flexible software-defined radio solutions."

The AD9361 comes in a 144-ball CSPBGA package measureing 10x10mm and is priced at $175 per unit for 1,000 units. The AD-FMCOMMS2-EBZ FMC board is priced at $750.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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