APPLICATION NOTE 3955

Modifying the MAX2010 for Operation at 450MHz


Abstract: This application note showcases simple changes to a standard EV kit for the MAX2010 (adjustable RF predistorter) to optimize its operational frequency to 450MHz. By default, this predistortion component is specified for 500MHz to 1100MHz operation. However, a few modifications to a standard MAX2010 EV kit can optimize its operation for lower frequency operation.

Overview of Modifications

Experimentation has shown that the frequency range of the MAX2010 adjustable RF predistorter can be extended below 500MHz by implementing simple changes to the input and output matches of the phase section. Note that these changes pertain to the phase section only. Similar changes may also be possible for the gain section, though Class AB applications are best served by employing only the phase expansion from the MAX2010.

Using the standard MAX2010 EV kit (Figure 1), modify the following components to yield optimal performance at 450MHz:

C11: change from "not installed" to 4.7pF
C1: change from 8.2pF to 330pF
L1: change from 5.6nF to 15nH
C12: change from "not installed" to 4.7pF
L2: change from 5.6nF to 15nH

Figure 1. MAX2010 EV kit schematic.
Figure 1. MAX2010 EV kit schematic.

Resulting Phase-Expansion Characteristics at 450MHz

The plot in Figure 2 depicts the typical phase expansion possible at 450MHz after employing the changes outlined in the previous section.

Figure 2. MAX2010 phase expansion characteristics at 450MHz.
Figure 2. MAX2010 phase expansion characteristics at 450MHz.

Parasitic Gain-Compression Characteristics at 450MHz

The graph in Figure 3 displays the typical gain-compression characteristic that can be achieved after changing the aforementioned components to their new values.

Figure 3. MAX2010 parasitic gain-compression characteristics at 450MHz.
Figure 3. MAX2010 parasitic gain-compression characteristics at 450MHz.

Input-Matching Characteristics at 450MHz

Figure 4. MAX2010 input match at 450MHz.
Figure 4. MAX2010 input match at 450MHz.

Output-Matching Characteristics at 450MHz

Figure 5. MAX2010 output match at 450MHz.
Figure 5. MAX2010 output match at 450MHz.