Complete, Direct-Conversion Tuner for MMDS Applications

Industry's Only ZIF Tuner for China MMDS Applications

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The MAX2117 low-cost, direct-conversion tuner is intended for receiving MMDS transmissions in the 470MHz to 1000MHz band. The MAX2117 is designed to be used in consumer set-top boxes and is compatible with most DVB-S demodulators.

The MAX2117 directly converts the QPSK broadcast signals from the antenna to baseband using a broadband I/Q downconverter. The tuner provides differential I and Q outputs to the demodulator IC.

The device includes an LNA and an RF variable-gain amplifier, I and Q downconverting mixers, and baseband lowpass filters with programmable cutoff frequency control and digitally controlled baseband variable-gain amplifiers. Together, the RF and baseband variable-gain amplifiers provide more than 80dB of gain-control range. The IC is compatible with virtually all QPSK demodulators.

The MAX2117 includes fully monolithic VCOs, as well as a complete frequency synthesizer. Additionally, an on-chip crystal oscillator is provided along with a buffered output for driving additional tuners and demodulators. Synthesizer programming and device configuration are accomplished with a 2-wire serial interface. The IC features a VCO autoselect (VAS) function that automatically selects the proper VCO. For multituner applications, the device can be configured to have one of two 2-wire interface addresses. A low-power standby mode is available whereupon the signal path is shut down while leaving the reference oscillator, digital interface, and buffer circuits active, providing a method to reduce power in single and multituner applications.

The MAX2117 is the most advanced MMDS tuner available today. The low noise figure eliminates the need for an external LNA. A small number of passive components are needed to form a complete MMDS front-end solution. The tuner is available in a very small 28-pin thin QFN package.

Key Features

  • 470MHz to 1000MHz Frequency Range
  • Monolithic VCO: No Calibration Required
  • High Dynamic Range: -75dBm to 0dBm
  • 4MHz to 40MHz Integrated Variable BW LP Filters
  • Single +3.3V ±5% Supply
  • Low-Power Standby Mode
  • Address Pin for Multituner Applications
  • Differential I/Q Interface
  • I²C 2-Wire Serial Interface
  • Very Small 28-Pin Thin QFN Package


  • MMDS

Technical Documents

Tutorial 5100 General Layout Guidelines for RF and Mixed-Signal PCBs
Product Reliability Reports: MAX2117.pdf 
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