The MAX1479 has a simple data interface and a divider-programmable clock-out feature that eliminates the need for an MCU resonator. The MAX1479 is designed to run directly off a lithium cell, and will operate down to 2.1V, consuming only 0.2nA of current in standby mode. The output power of the MAX1479 can be adjusted from -10dBm to +10dBm into a 50-ohm load by using an external resistor. At the +10dBm power level, the MAX1479 consumes 6.7mA of current at 315MHz when using a 50% duty-cycle encoding scheme, such as Manchester. Current consumption is only 4.5mA at 0dBm output. The part can transmit at date rates up to 100kbps in ASK and 20kbps in FSK (both Manchester encoded).
Once the enable pin of the MAX1479 is activated, it takes only 200 microseconds for the PLL and crystal to settle and be available to transmit. As the device is targeted at small, portable applications, the MAX1479 accepts crystal frequencies from 9MHz to 15MHz, widely available in inexpensive, surface-mount packages. Further, MAXIM established relationships with crystal suppliers who can provide reference samples of crystals upon request.
Because the MAX1479 uses a crystal-based PLL, most of the problems of an LC or SAW-based transmitter are eliminated. The inherent accuracy of the crystal frequency allows a narrower IF bandwidth in the receiver to improve system sensitivity. Used with a receiver like MAXIM's(R) MAX1470, MAX1471, or MAX1473, the MAX1479 transmitter can improve overall system sensitivity 9dB simply by narrowing the IF bandwidth from 600kHz to 50kHz. Improved sensitivity translates directly to greater range or more reliable transmissions.
The MAX1479 operates over the automotive temperature range (-40 degrees Celsius to +125 degrees Celsius). Prices start at $0.99 (10,000-up, FOB USA). Evaluation kits are available to speed designs.
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