Reference Circuit 459

REP020: Dual-Band Dual-Mode FE IC with Common 210MHz IF

Rapid Engineering Prototypes are real circuits that Maxim application engineers have built and measured in our labs. They can provide a starting point for new RF designs. They are not available as evaluation kits.

Click here for an overview of the wireless components used in a typical radio transceiver.
Click here for an overview of the wireless components used in a typical radio transceiver.

Objective: To apply and measure this dual-band triple-mode CDMA front-end IC in a receiver with all 210MHz IFs.

The MAX2323 was developed with a single, digital, IF output port. Having a common 210MHz IF, both digital mixers' gain is still adequate for good receiver sensitivity, and their IP2 performance and other related parameters offer sufficient margin for meeting 1/2 IF and additional interferers in a CDMA handset. In this application, the MAX2323 was tested for and successfully applied to a CDMA dual-band dual-mode handset front-end design. The circuit modification requirement for this project was to retune the FManalog and the cellular/PCS digital mixers to 210MHz IF.

The MAX2323 low-noise amplifier (LNA) plus mixer is designed for dual-band CDMA cellular-phone handsets, but it can also be used in dual-band TDMAGSMEDGE, or WCDMA applications. It differs from its predecessor (the MAX2320) by adding a third "mid-gain" state for the cellular-band LNA that improves switchover hysteresis margin. It also comes in a smaller package (28-QFN) and offers increased third-order input intercept.

Block diagram of the receive-path application
Schematic of the MAX2323 evaluation kit (PDF, 58kB)
Bill of materials, part 1
Bill of materials, part 2


Triple/Dual-Mode CDMA LNA/Mixers

  • 2.7V Operation
  • Dual Band, Triple Mode
  • Three LNA Gain Settings (Cellular)