Evaluation Kit for the MAX5850

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The MAX5850 evaluation kit (EV kit) contains a single MAX5850 high-performance 14-bit, 3.072Gsps digitalto- analog converter (DAC) which can directly synthesize 1.5GHz of instantaneous bandwidth in baseband. The device is optimized for cable access and digital video broadcast applications and meets spectral emission requirements for a broad set of radio transmitters and modulators, including DOCSIS 3.1/3.0, DVB-C/-C2, DVB-T2, ISDB-T, and EPoC. The MAX5850 EV kit provides a complete system for evaluating performance of the MAX5850 device as well as development of a digital video solution.

The MAX5850 accepts input data through a six-lane JESD204B serializer/deserializer (SerDes) interface at 10.24Gbps that is Subclass-0 compliant. The MAX5850 EV kit connects to one FMC connector on the Xilinx® VC707 evaluation kit, allowing the FPGA board to communicate with the MAX5850’s JESD204B serial link interface.

The evaluation kit includes Windows® 7/8-compatible software that provides a simple graphical user interface (GUI) for configuring all the MAX5850 registers through the SPI interface, controlling of the VC707 FPGA, and monitoring the temperature.

Key Features

  • Evaluates MAX5850 RF DAC Performance, Capability, and Feature Set
  • Single 3.3V Input Voltage Supply
  • Direct Interface with Xilinx VC707 Data Source Board
  • Windows 7/8-Compatible Software
  • On-Board SPI Interface Control for the MAX5850
  • On-Board SMBus Interface Control for the MAX6654 Temperature Sensor
  • Integrated GUI Controls for VC707 Operation
  • Proven 10-Layer PCB Design
  • Fully Assembled and Tested


  • Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS)
  • Digital Video Broadcast Modulators
  • DOCSIS 3.1 Remote PHY Devices, CCAP
  • Edge QAM Devices
  • Ethernet PON over Coax (EPoC)
  • Instrumentation

Quality and Environmental Data

Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

Tools & Models

  • MAX5850EVKIT ODB File
  • Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C  

    Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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