Relieve the design of broadband radio programs

In any wireless communication system, the critical part of the design is the complex technology required to achieve a suitable radio solution. With an exponential increase in data rates and connectivity, in most cases this solution will be a broadband radio system. Designing such systems is a daunting and complicated task that requires the talents of experienced RF engineers. Most would agree that this is one of the most challenging elements of design to perform, but such engineers are also an expensive, scarce resource and need only for a limited amount of time. One solution would be to simplify the process to a plug and play activity.

Mindy Bejawn, Field Applications Engineer at Anglia, introduces a portfolio of integrated products from Analog Devices that can help greatly simplify this RF design process and reduce the overall time it takes to deploy a fully tested and certified radio communications system. The competent support from Anglia’s experienced team can further simplify and accelerate the development process.

Analog Devices’ RadioVerse ™ product portfolio includes advanced and innovative RF and mixed-signal solutions aimed at applications where robust performance, low power consumption, and small footprint are critical. The product range leverages Analog Devices’ years of experience in wireless architecture, signal processing, circuit design, and semiconductor process technologies to achieve breakthroughs in RF connectivity, dramatically reducing time to market and total cost, while addressing the tough engineering challenges faced by designers have to ask.

RadioVerse ™ products are designed to enable designers to bypass the pitfalls and skill levels associated with broadband RF transceiver design that traditionally used discrete components. As a result, a complex implementation of Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture, for which a skilled RF engineer would previously have designed the RF signal chain, can now be easily implemented using a single chip and a few supporting ICs. This work could be done by an engineer with only rudimentary RF experience.

Customers looking for a range of wireless solutions are provided with a relatively hassle-free route to implementation without going through a complicated design cycle. The RadioVerse ™ range of products provides customers with benefits with a faster time to market and an affordable solution for those constrained by tight R&D budgets. Analog Devices solutions cover a wide variety of wireless communication systems in radio technology, be it for cellular, autonomous vehicles, industrial, 5G, aerospace, defense or any other market looking for a radio solution.

RadioVerse ™ products are divided into two categories: integrated SDR broadband transceivers and ultra-low power transceivers for IoT.

SDR Integrated Broadband Transceiver

The integrated SDR broadband transceivers cover a frequency range between 70 MHz and 6 GHz, as shown in Table 1. These ICs are available in single, double, or quadruple transceiver architectures and offer designers flexibility for use in digital transceivers that operate in TDD (Time Division Duplex). or FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) modes.

Table 1.

Analog Devices’ SDR transceivers offer high dynamic range and block tolerance for narrowband and broadband signals that are among the best in the industry. There are various offerings from the high-end ADRV9008 and ADRV9026 transceivers with their wide 450 MHz bandwidth and multi-transmitter and receiver architectures to parts of the lower end of the spectrum with the AD9384 device with a narrower 56 MHz Bandwidth and a single transmitter & receiver configuration. Analog Devices’ comprehensive range of SDR transceivers enables developers to implement solutions from the simplest to the most demanding wireless applications without compromising performance and costs, while keeping design space to a minimum.

Ultra-low power transceiver for IoT

The RadioVerse ™ portfolio of integrated ultra-low power transceivers is specifically designed for demanding IoT applications that require ultra-low power connectivity while ensuring high performance and reliability.

Table 2.

The ultra-low power devices support a wide range of frequency bands and communication protocols such as 802.15.4g, Wi-SUN, wireless M-Bus mode N, S, T, C, ZigBee and 6LoWPA. They cover the broad frequency range in the license-free band, in particular 169 MHz, 433 MHz, 450 MHz, 470 MHz, 868 MHz, 915 MHz and 950 MHz, as shown in Table 2.

These devices are suitable for use in a variety of applications such as sensing, smart metering, smart city or smart healthcare, as well as in many other areas where low power consumption and reliable connectivity are required.

Design support

Analog devices provide a comprehensive ecosystem to support the RadioVerse ™ portfolio through a full suite of software, simulation tools, evaluation cards and prototyping platforms. There are even complete wireless solutions available that further simplify the implementation of the wireless design in a customer’s product.

Additionally, Anglia’s engineering team has extensive experience working with wireless designs and can provide valuable product demonstrations, insights, advice and component recommendations for your application. This expertise is available to assist clients with all aspects of their design. It provides hands-on hardware and software design assistance, as well as access to the extensive resources of design tools and technical application notes from Analog Devices mentioned above.

For customers who may need further assistance, we can also put you in touch with the Analog Devices approved global wireless technology partnership network, which can help move the design forward.

For more information on the RadioVerse ™ portfolio and other Analog Devices products and development tools, please visit www.anglia-live.com

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