The MAX2062 high-linearity, dual analog/digital variable-gain amplifier (VGA) operates in the 50MHz to 1000MHz frequency range with two independent attenuators in each signal path. Each digital attenuator is controlled as a slave peripheral using either the SPI-compatible interface, or a 5-bit parallel bus with 31dB total adjustment range in 1dB steps. An added feature allows rapid-fire gain selection among each of the four steps, preprogrammed by the user through the SPI-compatible interface. A separate 2-pin control lets the user quickly access any one of four customized attenuation states without reprogramming the SPI bus. Each analog attenuator is controlled using an external voltage or through the SPI-compatible interface using an on-chip 8-bit DAC.
Since each of the stages has its own external RF input and RF output, this component can be configured to either optimize noise figure (NF) (amplifier configured first), OIP3 (amplifier last), or a compromise of NF and OIP3. The device’s performance features include 24dB amplifier gain (amplifier only), 7.3dB NF at maximum gain (includes attenuator insertion losses), and a high OIP3 level of +41dBm. Each of these features makes the device an ideal VGA for multipath receiver and transmitter applications.
In addition, the device operates from a single +5V supply with full performance or a +3.3V supply for an enhanced power-savings mode with lower performance. The device is available in a compact 48-pin TQFN package (7mm x 7mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the extended temperature range, from TC = -40°C to +85°C.