1700MHz to 2200MHz, High-Linearity, SPI-Controlled DVGA with Integrated Loopback Mixer

High-Performance RF DVGA with 56dB of SPI™-Controlled Dynamic Range and Complete Conformance with GSM/EDGE Spectral Mask Requirements


The MAX2059 high-linearity digital-variable-gain amplifier (DVGA) is designed to provide 56dB of total gain range and typical output IP3 and output P1dB levels of +31.8dBm and +18.4dBm, respectively. The device is ideal for a variety of applications, including single and multicarrier 1700MHz to 2200MHz DCS 1800/PCS 1900 EDGE, cdma2000®, WCDMA/UMTS, and TD-SCDMA base stations. The MAX2059 yields a high level of component integration, which includes two 5-bit digital attenuators, a two-stage driver amplifier, a loopback mixer, and a serial interface to control the attenuators.

The MAX2059 is pin compatible with the MAX2058 700MHz to 1200MHz DVGA, facilitating an easy design-in for applications where a common PC board layout is used for both frequency bands.

The MAX2059 is available in a 40-pin thin QFN package with an exposed paddle. Electrical performance is guaranteed over a -40°C to +85°C temperature range.


Key Features

  • +31.8dBm Typical Output IP3
  • +18.4dBm Typical Output 1dB Compression Point
  • 1700MHz to 2200MHz RF Frequency Range
  • 700MHz to 1200MHz RF Frequency Range (MAX2058)
  • 10.9dB Typical Small-Signal Gain
  • Includes Two Independent 5-Bit Digital Attenuator Stages, Yielding 56dB of Total Gain-Control Range with 1dB Steps
  • 3-Wire SPI™/MICROWIRE™ Compatible
  • Integrated Loopback Mixer for Tx/Rx Self-Diagnostics
  • +5V Single-Supply Operation
  • External Current-Setting Resistors for Scalable Device Power
  • Lead-Free Package Available


  • Automatic Test Equipment
  • Broadband Systems
  • cdmaOne™ and cdma2000® Base-Station Transmitters and Power Amplifiers
  • DCS 1800/PCS 1900 EDGE Base-Station Transmitters and Power Amplifiers
  • Digital and Spread-Spectrum Communication Systems
  • Microwave Terrestrial Links
  • Receiver Gain Control
  • Transmitter Gain Control
  • WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, and Other 3G Base-Station Transmitters and Power Amplifiers
Part Number Gain Cntl. Channels RF Freq.
RF Freq.
Digital Attenuation Range
Digital Attenuator Step Size
Noise Figure
(mm x mm)
Package/Pins Oper. Temp.
min max max
MAX2059  Digital 1 1700 2200 56 1 10.9 8.1 31.8 4.75 to 5.25 217 6.0 x 6.0
-40 to +85
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Pricing Notes:
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Technical Documents

Tutorial 5429 The IP3 Specification - Demystified
Tutorial 5100 General Layout Guidelines for RF and Mixed-Signal PCBs

Quality and Environmental Data

Request Reliability Report for: MAX2059 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

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