LTE Small-Cell MIMO Transceiver

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The MAX2580 is a highly integrated, multistandard transceiver for 4G (LTE) small-cell basestations. The transceiver is capable of operating in both TDD and FDD modes in all LTE bands. It incorporates two fully integrated and independent transmit and receive paths, enabling full support of MIMO operation. Each receive path includes multiple input ports to support monitoring of out of band channels. The transceiver includes all components of the RF front-end as well as baseband amplifiers, data converters and channel selection filters. The MAX2580 requires only a few external components to work as an all-band, multimode, MIMO transceiver with programmable RX and TX channel bandwidths to support all LTE configurations.

IQ mismatch of both RX and TX paths is factory calibrated to meet the EVM requirement for 64QAM modulation in select bands. In addition, the TX path does not require an external SAW filter to meet emission and desensitization specifications in some applications.

All decimation/interpolation and channel selection filters are included on chip. For data transmission to the BBIC, the transceiver includes a JESD207-compliant parallel interface. The device is controlled via a standard SPI interface.

Data Sheet

NOTE: This product uses the following:
MAX2580 Evkit/Reference Design Software

Key Features

  • Operates in All LTE bands from 700MHz to 2700MHz
  • Selectable Channel Bandwidth: GSM, 10MHz LTE, 20MHz LTE
  • Fully Integrated Fractional-N Synthesizers
  • Parallel JESD207 Baseband Data Interface
  • All Decimation, Interpolation, and Channel Selection Filters are Included
  • Fully Integrated DC Offset Removal
  • 2% EVM
  • RSSI and AGC
  • On-Chip Regulators
  • Temperature Sensor
  • 4-Wire SPI Interface


  • LTE Femtocell and Picocell Basestations

Key Specifications:

Femto RF Transceivers
Part Number Freq.
Duplex Method Mobile Technology Standard Inputs Outputs Interface VSUPPLY
Tx Output Power
Rx Noise Figure
(mm x mm)
MAX2580 NEW! 700 to 2700
2 Rx 2 Tx JESD207 (LVDS, LVCMOS) 1.5 to 2.5 0 4 11 x 11
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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.

Technical Documents

Tutorial 5100  General Layout Guidelines for RF and Mixed-Signal PCBs

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MAX2580 Evkit/Reference Design Software

Ordering Information

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Materials Analysis
Active MRQ-CU;140 pin;MRQ-CU;
-40°C to +85°C See data sheet
Active MRQ-CU;140 pin;MRQ-CU;
-40°C to +85°C See data sheet

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Document Ref.: 19-6864 Rev 0; 2014-01-06
This page last modified: 2014-04-09