There are a number terms that are used frequently to describe the various forms of semiconductor devices used in the industry. An ASIC is one of them. Other terms are rf ic/ wireless ic, an analog ASIC, a MMIC and so on. So what are the differences between these devices? Ultimately all of these devices are semiconductor integrated circuits, indicated by the ic ( or integrated circuit abbreviation). However there are some differences between the various forms of these integrated circuits that lead to the differing nomenclature. Generally if there is no descriptive abbreviation before or after the “ic”, then an ASIC is considered to be a digital device consisting of logic gates, digital memories, microprocessors or microcontrollers and associated circuits all integrated on to a relatively large piece of silicon. An analog ASIC or an analog ic is usually made up of mostly analog circuitry such as amplifiers, comparators, A/D converters, D/A converters,operational amplifiers, analog comparators, voltage references, regulators, etc. A pure analog ASIC or ic operates in the analog domain. It is usually smaller in size than a typical digital ASIC. An rf ic is distinguished by integrated circuitry such as transmitters, receivers, PLLs, modulators, frequency multipliers, rf amplifers, rf power amplifiers, mixers, inductors, transformers, baluns etc. An rf ic also operates at higher frequencies ( typically up to 1 Ghz). A mmic is a monolithic microwave integrated circuit. It may have the same type of circuitry as an rf ic but the frequencies of operation are much higher that rf ics. Currently mmics may be found operating at frequencies in excess of a 100 Ghz. A further type of device referred to as a mixed signal ic has both analog and digital circuitry on it. Sometimes the digital ciruitry is dominant sometines the analog circuitry is dominant.
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A wideand RF detector ( 40 Mhz to 3 Ghz) -75 dBm to 5 dBm input
Linear detector performance
A wideband linear RF detector
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2 stage 35 dB gain RF amplifier. Front of the module
Full range frequency response
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A high frequency divider from 500 Mhz to % Ghz+
The input interface.
The frequency divider has a differential analog interface. The following parameters apply:
The minimum frequency that can be input is 500 Mhz and the maximum frequency is 6.0 Ghz.
The RF input level is 5 dBm to – 5 dBm. For lower frequencies make sure that the slew rate is
greater than 560 V/us. The input is biased by two 500 Ohm resistors connected to a 1.6V DC bias.
Therefore AC coupling is used at the input. These are two 100pF capacitors.
The output interface.
The output is single ended. The output driver is capable of sourcing and sinking 24 mA. The
equivalent output impedance is 50 Ohm. To avoid reflections it is recommended that the divider
work into a 50 Ohm load.
The inputs are applied to the input SMA I/O. The product will work with both a differential input as
well as a single ended input. However, a differential input works best. The division ratio is applied
to the N1 and N2 control inputs as follows:
N2 N1 Division ratio
0 0 8
0 1 16
1 0 32
1 1 64
The logic levels are:
Logic level Voltage
1 1.4V minimum
0 0.6V maximum
The supply voltage interface.
The operating supply voltage is 3.3V typical. The quiescent (DC) operating supply current is 2 mA.
A high frequency divider 500 Mhz to 5 Ghz+
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SPDT DC to 3 Ghz RF switch
DC to 3 Ghz RF SPDT switch
RF Switch typical features
Supply voltage = Vcc = 0/+5 Vdc
Operatng temperature = TA = -50° C to 125 Deg C
Operating impedance = 50 Ohm
Input power for 1 dB
compression ( 5.0V system) = 37 dBm ( f = 0.5 to 3 Ghz)
Input third order Intercept = 64 dBm ( 0 to 5.0V system, f = 0.5 to 3 Ghz)
Operating frequency range = DC to 3 Ghz.
Insertion loss DC to 3 Ghz = 0.8 dB
Isolation DC to 3 Ghz = 14 dB minimum
Return loss DC to 3 Ghz = 20 dB
50% contl to 10/90 %
( ON/OFF) = 120 ns
A single stage RF amplifier as a gain block
A single stage RF amplifier summary specifications
Gain, Operating: 19.5 dB
Operating frequency range: 1.0 – 2700 Mhz
OIP3: (Pout = 19.0 dBm), -8.5 dBm
P1dB: 4.6 dBm
N.F: 4.2 dB
Supply voltage Operating: 3.3 – 5.5 Volts
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Supply current Supply = 5.0V, 23.0 mA
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