Richardson RFPD announces Analog Devices’ mixed-signal RF converters

Richardson RFPD, an Arrow Electronics company, has added two integrated high speed converters from Analog Devices. The AD9081 and AD9082 mixed signal front ends combine analogue and digital signal processing (DSP) allows designers to install multi-band radios in the same footprint as single-band radios.

By shifting more of the frequency translation and filtering from the analogue to the digital domain, the AD9081 and AD9082 provides designers with the software configurability to customise radios.

ADI’s MxFE platform processes more of the RF spectrum band and embeds DSP functions on-chip to enable the user to configure the programmable filters and digital up- and down-conversion blocks to meet specific radio signal bandwidth requirements. This results in a 10 fold power reduction compared to architectures that perform RF conversion and filtering on the field-programmable gate array, while freeing up valuable processor resources or allowing designers to use a more cost-effective FPGA.

The new AD9081 and AD9082 MxFE platform can be used for a range of applications, including wireless communications infrastructure, microwave point-to-point, E-band and 5G mmWave, broadband communications systems, DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0 CMTS, phased array radar and electronic warfare and electronic test and measurement systems.

The AD9081 MxFE includes four 16-bit, 12 Gsample per second RF DAC cores and four 12-bit, 4 Gsample per second ADC cores. The AD9082 MxFE includes four 16-bit, 12 Gsamples per second RF DAC cores and two 12-bit, 6 Gsamples per second RF ADC cores.

Both converters feature eight transmit lanes and eight receive lanes that support 24.75Gbit per second per lane JESD204C or 15.5Gbits per second per lane JESD204B standards. The AD9081 and AD9082 are available in 15 x 15mm BGA packages.

Richardson RFPD is an Arrow Electronics company and specialises in the RF, wireless, IoT and power technologies markets. It has relationships with many of the industry’s top radio frequency and power component suppliers. 

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