The ADRV9009 provides designers up to 200 MHz of bandwidth, replaces as many as 20 components, cutting power by 50 percent and package size by 60 percent

By Warren Miller, contributing writer

Analog
Devices Inc. (ADI) announced the introduction of the newest addition to its RadioVerse
design platform, an RF transceiver that claims to have the widest bandwidth in the
industry to date
.
The ADRV9009
provides designers up to 200 MHz of bandwidth, twice that of its predecessors,
while consuming 50 percent less power. It’s also considerably smaller than the
previous generation of RF transceivers, cutting package size by 60 percent.

The ADRV9009
supports all existing cellular standards and is tunable over a range of 75 MHz
to 6 GHz, giving manufacturers an opportunity to employ a single radio design
across all band and power variants.

“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,” said Nitin Sharma, general manager of the Transceiver Product
Group, Analog Devices, in a press release.

The
ADRV9009’s high-performance standards make it a good fit in a variety of applications
including network field testing, military communications and radar systems. Laboratory-grade
testing and measurement devices for 5G cellular and IoT networks can implement designs
using the ADRV9009 as a single-chip, TDD solution to meet the escalating
requirements of traditionally bulky MIMO equipment. It also meets the
high-performance requirements of both wideband and narrowband applications used
in military signal intelligence operations.

By handling
local oscillator synchronization itself, it eliminates the need for external
local oscillators, thereby simplifying digital beam-forming design for advanced
cellular and phased-array radar systems. 

Image source: Analog
Devices.

The time to
market advantages of the ADRV9009 are also a big benefit for designers
increasingly crunched by tight development deadlines and additional feature
requirements. Using a device that can address multiple applications and
standards makes it possible to learn the ins and outs of the device, and then
leverage the knowledge in other designs.

Devices that
address wide application ranges are showing up more and more as new technology
advances are applied towards widening the application space, instead of merely focusing
on delivering the ultimate in bandwidth. Manufacturers are finding that a wider
market can be more rewarding than a narrow one that shifts upwards every year.

To make it even easier to
learn about and use the ADRV909, ADI has created an ecosystem of development
support resources. These resources include development platforms that can be
used for prototypes and field testing; software tools to accelerate design and
debug; reference designs that provide a head-start on a custom development
project, and a suite of complete radio solutions.