700MHz to 2700MHz Analog VGA with Threshold Alarm Circuit and Error Amplifier for Level Control

Industry's Highest Linearity Analog RF VGA with Integrated Alarm and Leveling Control

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The MAX2092 high-linearity analog variable-gain amplifier (VGA) is a monolithic SiGe BiCMOS attenuator/amplifier/error amplifier with an alarm circuit designed to interface with 50Ω systems operating in the 700MHz to 2700MHz frequency range. The device features a gain range of 18.1dB to -22.3dB, a noise figure of 5.2dB, OIP3 linearity of +32.5dBm, and a wide RF bandwidth. Each of these features makes the device an ideal VGA for numerous receiver and transmitter applications. When paired with the MAX2091 or MAX2091B variable gain upconverter, a complete 2-chip IF-RF signal conditioning solution is possible for microwave point-to-point transmitters.

The MAX2092 operates from a single +5V supply, and is available in a compact 20-pin TQFN package (5mm x 5mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the extended temperature range from TC = -40°C to +95°C.
MAX2092: Typical Application Circuit MAX2092: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Wide Band Analog VGA Increases System Performance
    • 700MHz to 2700MHz RF Frequency Range
    • High Linearity
      • +32.5dBm OIP3
      • +18.2dBm Output -1dB Compression Point
    • 18.1dB Gain with 40.4dB Attenuation Range and 0.03dB Gain Variation Over 100MHz Bandwidth at 1835MHz
    • 5.2dB Noise Figure (Includes Attenuator Insertion Loss)
  • Integrated Error Amplifier and Alarm Circuit Simplifies ALC Operation
  • Lowers Power Consumption with Power-Down Capability
  • Package with Exposed Pad Improves Heat Dissipation and System Performance


  • Cellular Applications
  • Fixed Broadband Wireless Access
  • LTE Applications
  • Microwave Point-to-Point Receivers and Transmitters
  • RF Variable-Gain Stages
  • Temperature Compensation Circuits
  • WiMAX® Applications
  • Wireless Local Loop
Part NumberGain Cntl.ChannelsRF Freq.
RF Freq.
Analog Attenuation RangeGain
Noise Figure
(mm x mm)
Package/PinsOper. Temp.
minmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX2092 Analog1700270040.418.15.232.550-52-614.75 to 5.8935.0 x 5.0
-40 to +95$9.20 @1k
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Technical Documents

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

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX2092.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports
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