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MAX3580 DVB-T Reference Design



Click here for an overview of the wireless components used in a typical radio transceiver.
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Figure 1. The reference design for the NorDig and MBRAI DVB-T tuner features the MAX3580.
Figure 1. The reference design for the NorDig and MBRAI DVB-T tuner features the MAX3580.
Figure 2. System block diagram.
Figure 2. System block diagram.

Click here for an overview of the wireless components used in a typical radio transceiver.
Click here for an overview of the wireless components used in a typical radio transceiver.

Figure 1. The reference design for the NorDig and MBRAI DVB-T tuner features the MAX3580.
Figure 1. The reference design for the NorDig and MBRAI DVB-T tuner features the MAX3580.
Figure 2. System block diagram.
Figure 2. System block diagram.

Lab Measurements

Figure 3. Data shows that there is at least 2dB margin to NorDig 1.0.2 in the VHF band.
Figure 3. Data shows that there is at least 2dB margin to NorDig 1.0.2 in the VHF band.
Figure 4. Here the data shows that there is 3.5dB to about 5dB margin to NorDig 1.0.2 in the UHF band.
Figure 4. Here the data shows that there is 3.5dB to about 5dB margin to NorDig 1.0.2 in the UHF band.

NorDig Compliance

Parameter Conditions Measured NorDig Units
Operating Frequency Range VHF-III Band: 170MHz to 230MHz    
UHF Band: 470MHz to 870MHz    
Sensitivity, Gaussian Channel
(VHF-III Band)
QPSK, 8k, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4 -97.3 -94.6 dBm
16QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/4 -88.5 -85.1
64QAM, 8k, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4 -79.6 -77.2
Sensitivity, Gaussian Channel
(UHF Band)
QPSK, 8k, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4 -96.6 -92.1 dBm
16QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/4 -87.9 -82.6
64QAM, 8k, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4 -79.6 -74.7
Maximum Input, Gaussian Channel
(VHF-III Band)
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/8 > 0 -35 dBm
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/4 > 0 -35
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/8 > 0 -35
Maximum Input, Gaussian Channel
(UHF Band)
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/8 > 0 -35 dBm
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/4 > 0 -35
64-QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/8 > 0 -35
Adjacent Channel Selectivity N+1 DVB-T adjacent channel 47 ≥ 28 dBc
N-1 DVB-T adjacent channel 45
N+2 DVB-T adjacent channel 47.8 ≥ 38
N-2 DVB-T adjacent channel 46

MBRAI Compliance

  Case Category Measure MBRAI Units
Selectivity, S1 Pattern N+1 Category a, b1 48 37 dBc
N+1 Category b2, c 45 37 dBc
N-1 Category a, b1 54 37 dBc
N-1 Category b2, c 51 37 dBc
N+2 Category a, b1 47 37 dBc
N+2 Category b2, c 55 37 dBc
N-2 Category a, b1 45 37 dBc
N-2 Category b2, c 58 37 dBc
Selectivity, S2 Pattern N+1 Category a, b1 and b2, c 39 29 dBc
N-1 Category a, b1 and b2, c 38 29 dBc
N+2 Category a, b1 43 40 dBc
N+2 Category b2, c 45 40 dBc
N-2 Category a, b1 42 40 dBc
N-2 Category b2, c 44 40 dBc
Linearity L1 Category a, b1 45.5 45 dBc
Category b2, c 47 45 dBc
Linearity L2 Category a, b1 45.2 45 dBc
Category b2, c 47 45 dBc
Linearity L3 Category a, b1 40.7 40 dBc
Category b2, c 42 40 dBc

Sensitivity Details for all Modes

Seven Channels are selected to test the sensitivity for all DVB-T modes.

    VHF UHF
Frequency (MHz) 177.5 226.5 474 570 674 770 858
QPSK, 8k, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -97.3 -97.3 -97.2 -97.1 -96.7 -96.5 -96.2
Max-Input (dBm) > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0
QPSK, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -95.9 -95.7 -95.7 -95.6 -95.3 -94.9 -94.8
QPSK, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -94.8 -94.8 -94.7 -94.6 -94.5 -94.1 -94
QPSK, 8k, CR = 5/6, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -93.8 -93.7 -93.6 -93.6 -93.3 -93 -92.8
QPSK, 8k, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -93.3 -93.1 -93.1 -92.7 -92.7 -92.4 -92.2
16QAM, 8k, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -91.7 -91.7 -91.5 -91.5 -91.4 -90.9 -90.7
16QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -89.8 -89.7 -89.5 -89.5 -89.3 -88.9 -88.8
16QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -88.6 -88.3 -88.4 -88.1 -88.1 -87.5 -87.3
16QAM, 8k, CR = 5/6, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -87.1 -87 -87 -86.9 -86.9 -86.4 -86.3
16QAM, 8k, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -86.4 -85.7 -86.1 -85.9 -85.7 -85.4 -85.6
64QAM, 8k, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -87 -86.9 -86.9 -86.6 -86.7 -86.2 -85.9
64QAM, 8k, CR = 2/3, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -84.1 -84.1 -83.8 -83.8 -83.7 -83.3 -83.2
64QAM, 8k, CR = 3/4, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -82.5 -82.2 -82.3 -82.4 -81.8 -81.5 -81.4
64QAM, 8k, CR = 5/6, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -80.9 -80.9 -80.7 -80.7 -80.4 -80.2 -79.8
64QAM, 8k, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4 Sensitivity (dBm) -79.9 -79.7 -79.5 -79.5 -79 -78.9 -78.8
Max-Input (dBm) -2 -0.2 > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0 > 0

Supply Current

Test conditions for supply current measurements include 75Ω terminations on RF input and TV output, active working mode, and system tuned to channel 69 (858MHz).

Parameter Conditions Measured Units
5V LNA Supply Current   12 mA
5V for Tuner and LNA* {8k, QPSK, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4} 196 mA
{8k, 64QAM, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4} 196 mA
3.3V Digital Supply Current for Demodulator {8k, QPSK, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4} 8 mA
{8k, 64QAM, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4} 10 mA
2.5V Analog Supply Current for Demodulator {8k, QPSK, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4} 36 mA
{8k, 64QAM, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4} 36 mA
1.0V Digital Supply Current for Demodulator {8k, QPSK, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4} 90 mA
{8k, 64QAM, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4} 92 mA
1.0V Analog Supply Current for Demodulator {8k, QPSK, CR = 1/2, GI = 1/4} 3 mA
{8k, 64QAM, CR = 7/8, GI = 1/4} 3 mA

*Note: the MAX3580 uses 3.3V voltage drawn from a 5V LDO.

Detailed Description

This DVB-T receiver reference design is NorDig 1.0.2 and MBRAI compliant. It is intended for terrestrial set-top box applications and has a NIM form factor. The reference design covers the VHF-III band (170MHz to 230MHz) and UHF band (470MHz to 870MHz) and interfaces with a socket board for testing system performance.
The reference design includes:

  • A discrete LNA to realize an active loop-through. The loop-through has 14dB gain and less than 3.5dB noise figure, with 60mW of power consumption.
  • A MAX3580 fully integrated silicon tuner, which includes an LNA, RF and IF VGAs, mixer and lowpass filtering in the baseband stages. The tuner operates from a single 3.3V power supply. Only a small number of passive components are needed to form a complete DVB-T RF front-end solution.
  • A DVB-T/H-compliant demodulator that features the full DVB-T and DVB-H standards framing structure, channel coding, and demodulation.
 
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