Quad-Band TDD-WCDMA RF-to-Bits Radio Receiver

Industry's Only Complete RF-to-Digital Bits Receive Subsystem for 3GPP WCDMA/TDD Applications

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The MAX2548 quad-band direct-conversion RF-to-bits radio receiver is designed for 1x (3.84Mcps) and 2x (7.68Mcps) TDD-WCDMA applications. The part supports operation in the 915MHz to 921MHz, 1900MHz to 1920MHz, 2010MHz to 2025MHz, and 2050MHz to 2082MHz frequency bands.

The unique RF-to-bits architecture of the MAX2548 integrates 4 LNAs, quadrature mixers, baseband anti-aliasing filters, programmable gain baseband amplifiers, high dynamic range I and Q sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a fractional-N frequency synthesizer for local oscillator (LO) generation, and a fractional-N frequency synthesizer for sampling clock generation. Data is transferred from the radio to the baseband/DSP by a digital 1-bit sigma-delta modulated I and Q bit-stream through an LVDS-like interface. All decimation, compensation, and channel filtering is performed in the digital domain in compliance with the MAX-PHY digital section definition. The operating mode of the radio is fully programmable by a 3-wire serial interface.

The MAX2548 is specified for operation in the extended -40°C to +85°C temperature range and is available in a 7mm x 7mm x 1.4mm fcLGA package with exposed paddle (EP).
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Key Features

  • Complete RF In to Digital Bits Out Radio Receiver Subsystem
  • Supports 1x (3.84Mcps) and 2x (7.68Mcps) TDD-WCDMA Operation in the Following Bands:
    • 915MHz to 921MHz
    • 1900MHz to 1920MHz
    • 2010MHz to 2025MHz
    • 2050MHz to 2082MHz
  • MAX-PHY Digital Rx Interface with Single-Bit I and Q Bitstreams
  • Complete Two-Chip TDD-WCDMA Solution with MAX2598 Transmitter
  • High Dynamic Range Sigma-Delta ADCs Allow Simple AGC Implementation with Switched Gain States
  • On-Chip Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers for LO and Sampling Clock Generation
  • Dual Buffered Reference Outputs to Drive Transmit IC and Baseband/DSP
  • Operation Controlled Entirely by 3-Wire Serial Interface; No Analog Control Signals Necessary


  • TDD-WCDMA Handsets and Data Cards
  • TD TV Receivers
Product Reliability Reports: MAX2548.pdf 
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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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