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Industry’s Highest Dynamic-Range Quad, 16-bit D/A Converter Supports All Wireless and Mobile Device Frequency Standards

March 24, 2015
By Business Wire News


Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today introduced a quad-channel, 2.4-GSPS, 16-bit D/A converter with industry leading dynamic range performance in the 100- to 300-MHz band for complex IF transmitters. The highly integrated AD9154 quad, 16-bit D/A converter is the only device of its kind to include an on-chip PLL (phase-locked loop) and eight-lane JESD204B interface. The combination of features allows designers to use a single device to meet all of their requirements in multicarrier GSM and LTE transmitters designed for wireless macro base stations, point-to-point microwave radio, military radios and radio test equipment. The new converter includes a range of features optimized for complex IF (intermediate frequency) transmit applications, including complex digital modulation, input-signal power detection, and gain, phase and offset compensation. Watch a video on the new high speed D/A converter: www/

The AD9154 quad, 2.4-GSPS, 16-bit D/A converter is designed to up-convert a pair of I/Q digital input signals, creating a complex IF signal at the input to a pair of on-chip D/A converter cores. The new device features several interpolation modes, increasing the sampling rate of the digital signal to the Nyquist frequency to enable simpler, less costly transmitter filters following the D/A converter analog output. The AD9154 additionally includes digital-signal correction for quadrature modulator up-converters to cancel RF (radio frequency) local oscillator feed-through and unwanted side-bands.

The AD9154 converter was designed with an eight-lane JESD204B interface that simplifies board layout by providing deterministic latency and multi-device synchronization for radio transmitters that use multiple antennas—an increasingly common feature in wireless base stations, radar and military radio communications.

The AD9154 quad, 16-bit D/A converters extends ADI’s transmit capabilities to the 100- to 300-MHz range, and joins the AD9144 quad, 16-bit D/A converter, which operates in the DC to 100-MHz range, and will be joined later in 2015 by a 16-bit dual-channel D/A converter.

AD9154 Key Features:

  • Single-carrier LTE 20-MHz bandwidth ACLR = 76.7 dBC at 180-MHz IF
  • Six-carrier GSM IMD = 78-dBC, 600-kHz carrier spacing at 180-MHz IF
  • SFDR = 72-dBC at 180-MHz IF, -6 dBFS
  • 8-lane JESD204B interface
  • Support for quad-DAC or dual-DAC mode
  • Low power: 2.1-W at 1.5 GSPS

Pricing, Availability and Complementary Components



   Price    Packaging
AD9154BCPZ     NOW     $80.00

eachin 1,000-unit quantities

    12mm ×12mm

88-lead LFCSP

Evaluation Board


    NOW     $495.00 each    

Evaluation Board w/ FMC

    NOW     $495.00 each    

Evaluation Board w/ 6720 Mod

    NOW     $495.00 each    

Digi-Key and Mouser are now stocking the evaluation boards.

The AD9154 quad, 16-bit D/A converter’s outputs are optimized to interface with ADI’s ADRF672x line of RF quadrature modulators, the ADL5375 quadrature modulator, ADM7150 low-dropout linear regulator and the ADF4351 wideband synthesizer with integrated VCO.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 100,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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