Evaluation Kit for the MAX2021

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The MAX2021 evaluation kit (EV kit) simplifies the evaluation of the MAX2021 direct upconversion (downconversion) quadrature modulator (demodulator) designed for RFID handheld and portal readers, as well as single and multicarrier 750MHz to 1200MHz GSM/EDGE, cdma2000®, WCDMA and iDEN® base-station applications. It is fully assembled and tested at the factory. Standard 50Ω SMA connectors are included on the EV kit's input and output ports to allow quick and easy evaluation on the test bench using RF test equipment.

This document provides a list of test equipment required to evaluate the device, a straight-forward test procedure to verify functionality, a description of the EV kit circuit, the circuit schematic, a bill of materials (BOM) for the kit, and artwork for each layer of the PCB.

Key Features

  • Fully Assembled and Tested
  • 50Ω SMA Connectors on Input and Output Ports
  • 750MHz to 1200MHz RF Range
  • High-Linearity and Low-Noise Performance
  • Broadband Baseband Input/Output
  • DC-Coupled Input Provides for Direct DAC/ADC Interface


  • Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS)
  • Digital and Spread-Spectrum Communication Systems
  • Fixed Broadband Wireless Access
  • GSM 850/GSM 900 EDGE Base Stations
  • Microwave Links
  • Military Systems
  • Predistortion Transmitters and Receivers
  • RFID Handheld and Portal Readers
  • Single and Multicarrier cdmaOne™ and cdma2000® Base Stations
  • Single and Multicarrier WCDMA 850 Base Stations
  • Video-on-Demand (VOD) and DOCSIS® Compliant Edge QAM Modulation
  • WiMAX Transmitters and Receivers

Technical Documents

Tutorial 5100 General Layout Guidelines for RF and Mixed-Signal PCBs

Quality and Environmental Data

Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

Tools & Models

  • MAX2021EVKIT Gerber 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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