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1500MHz to 6000MHz Dual Analog Voltage Variable Attenuator with On-Chip 10-Bit SPI-Controlled DAC

High-Performance RF VVA Features 46.6dB of Linearly Controlled Dynamic Range and Excellent Attenuation Flatness

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Parametric specs for RF and IF Variable Gain Amplifiers
Gain Control Analog + Digital
# Channels 1
2
RF Freq. (MHz) (min) 1500
RF Freq. (MHz) (max) 6000
Analog Attenuation Range 46.6
Digital Attenuation Range (dB) 46.6
Gain (dB) (max) -7.6
Input IP3 (dBm) 37
HD2 (dBc) -72.2
HD3 (dBc) -104.7
VCC (V) 3.15 to 3.45
4.75 to 5.25
ISUPPLY (mA) 13
Footprint (mm x mm) 6.0 x 6.0
Package/Pins TQFN/36
Oper. Temp. (°C) -40 to +100
Budgetary
Price (See Notes)
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Parametric specs for RF and IF Variable Gain Amplifiers
Gain Control Analog + Digital
# Channels 1
2
RF Freq. (MHz) (min) 1500
RF Freq. (MHz) (max) 6000
Analog Attenuation Range 46.6
Digital Attenuation Range (dB) 46.6
Gain (dB) (max) -7.6
Input IP3 (dBm) 37
HD2 (dBc) -72.2
HD3 (dBc) -104.7
VCC (V) 3.15 to 3.45
4.75 to 5.25
ISUPPLY (mA) 13
Footprint (mm x mm) 6.0 x 6.0
Package/Pins TQFN/36
Oper. Temp. (°C) -40 to +100
Budgetary
Price (See Notes)
0

Key Features

  • Wideband Coverage
    • 1500MHz to 6000MHz RF Frequency Range
  • High Linearity
    • Greater Than +37dBm IIP3 Over the Full Attenuation Range
    • +23.7dBm Input P1dB
  • Integrates Two Analog Attenuators in One Monolithic Device
  • Two Convenient Control Options
    • Single Analog Voltage
    • On-Chip SPI-Controlled 10-Bit DAC
  • Step-Up/Down Pulse Command Inputs
  • Flexible Attenuation Control Ranges
    • 23.3dB (Per Attenuator)
    • 46.6dB (Both Attenuators Cascaded)
  • Linear dB/V Analog Control Response Curve Simplifies Automatic Leveling Control and Gain-Trim Algorithms
  • Excellent Attenuation Flatness Over Wide Frequency Ranges and Attenuation Settings
  • On-Chip Comparator (for Successive Approximation Measurement of Attenuator Control Voltage)
  • Low 13mA Supply Current
  • Single 5V or 3.3V Supply Voltage
  • Pin-Compatible with the MAX19791 and MAX19792
  • Pin-Compatible with the MAX19794 with Addition of Two Shunt Capacitors
  • PCB-Compatible with the MAX19790
  • Lead(Pb)-Free Package

Applications/Uses

  • Automatic Level Control (ALC)
  • Broadband System Applications, Including Wireless Infrastructure Digital and Spread-Spectrum Communication Systems
  • General Test Equipment
  • Lineup Gain Trim
  • Microwave Point-to-Point Systems
  • Receiver Gain Control
  • Temperature-Compensation Circuits
  • Transmitter Gain Control
  • VSAT/Satellite Modems
  • WCDMA/LTE, TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE, WiMAX®, cdma2000®, GSM/EDGE, and MMDS Base Stations

Description

The MAX19793 dual general-purpose analog voltage variable attenuator (VVA) is designed to interface with 50Ω systems operating in the 1500MHz to 6000MHz frequency range. The device includes a patented control circuit that provides 23.3dB of attenuation range (per attenuator) with a typical linear control slope of 8.4dB/V.

Both attenuators share a common analog control and can be cascaded together to yield 46.6dB of total attenuation range with a typical combined linear control slope of 16.8dB/V (5V operation).

Alternatively, the on-chip 4-wire SPI-controlled 10-bit DAC can be used to control both attenuators. In addition, a step-up/down feature allows user-programmable attenuator stepping through command pulses without reprogramming the SPI interface.

The MAX19793 is a monolithic device designed using one of Maxim's proprietary SiGe BiCMOS processes. The part operates from a single +5V supply or alternatively from a single +3.3V supply. It is available in a compact 36-pin TQFN package (6mm x 6mm x 0.8mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the -40°C to +100°C extended temperature range.

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