The MAX5880 evaluation kit (EV kit) contains the MAX5880 high-density downstream cable QAM modulator and digital upconverter (DUC). It is a fully assembled and tested PCB that contains all the components necessary for evaluating the DUC IC configured for up to 128 DOCSIS-compliant 6MHz QAM channels (or 96 EuroDOCSIS-compliant 8MHz QAM channels).
The EV kit provides two QSH Samtec connectors to interface to the high-speed data converter evaluation platform (HSDCEP), for driving the device's four multiplexed input ports and various control signals. Two QTH Samtec connectors are also provided to drive RF digital-to-analog converter (RF-DAC) EV kits, such as the MAX5882 EV kit and the MAX5879A EV kit.
The EV kit includes Windows XP®-, Windows Vista®-, and Windows® 7-compatible software that provide a simple graphical user interface (GUI) for configuration of the device registers, control of SPI interface, and for operation of the HSDCEP board (not compatible with Windows 7).
The EV kit and Maxim's direct RF-DAC EV kits provide a complete system solution for high-density QAM modulation with very low power dissipation.
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