Complete, Direct-Conversion Tuner for DVB-S2 Applications

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MAX2112 Active: In Production. But some versions of the family are subject to Last Time Buy. See Ordering Information.


The MAX2112 low-cost, direct-conversion tuner IC is designed for satellite set-top and VSAT applications. The IC is intended for 8PSK and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-S2) applications.

The MAX2112 directly converts the satellite signals from the LNB to baseband using a broadband I/Q downconverter. The operating frequency range extends from 925MHz to 2175MHz.

The device includes an LNA and an RF variable-gain amplifier, I and Q downconverting mixers, and baseband lowpass filters with programmable cutoff frequency control and digitally controlled baseband variable-gain amplifiers. Together, the RF and baseband variable-gain amplifiers provide more than 80dB of gain control range. The IC is compatible with virtually all DVB-S2 demodulators.

The MAX2112 includes fully monolithic VCOs, as well as a complete fractional-N frequency synthesizer. Additionally, an on-chip crystal oscillator is provided along with a buffered output for driving additional tuners and demodulators. Synthesizer programming and device configuration are accomplished with a 2-wire serial interface. The IC features a VCO autoselect (VAS) function that automatically selects the proper VCO. For multituner applications, the device can be configured to have one of two 2-wire interface addresses. A low-power standby mode is available whereupon the signal path is shut down while leaving the reference oscillator, digital interface, and buffer circuits active, providing a method to reduce power in single and multituner applications.

The MAX2112 is the most advanced DBS tuner available today. The low noise figure eliminates the need for an external LNA. A small number of passive components are needed to form a complete DVB-S2 RF front-end solution. The tuner is available in a very small 28-pin thin QFN package.

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An evaluation board is available: MAX2112EVKIT

NOTE: This product uses the following:
MAX2112, MAX2117, MAX2119, and MAX2120 Software
Max2112 Lab

Key Features

  • 925MHz to 2175MHz Frequency Range
  • Monolithic VCO
    • Low Phase Noise: -97dBc/Hz at 10kHz
    • No Calibration Required
  • High Dynamic Range: -75dBm to 0dBm
  • Integrated Variable BW LP Filters: 4MHz to 40MHz
  • Single +3.3V ±5% Supply
  • Low-Power Standby Mode
  • Address Pin for Multituner Applications
  • Differential I/Q Interface
  • I²C 2-Wire Serial Interface
  • Very Small 28-Pin TQFN Package


  • DirecTV and Dish Network DBS
  • DVB-S2
  • VSATs

Key Specifications:

TV Tuners
Part Number Ref. Clock Freq.
Noise Figure
Applications fIN Features Footprint
(mm x mm)
typ See Notes
MAX2112  12 to 30 40 8 3.3 ±5% 100 DVB-S2 925 to 2175
-40 to +85 Temperature Range Available
-75 to 0dBm dynamic range
4-40MHz variable LPF
Differential I/Q Outputs
Low Power Standby Mode
5.0 x 5.0 $4.18 @1k
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Pricing Notes:

This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.


MAX2112: Pin Configuration/Functional Diagram
Pin Configuration/Functional Diagram

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