Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC5552, a double balanced mixer that features wideband matching from 3 to 20 GHz, with 8 dB conversion loss at 10 GHz..
The mixer can be used as an up- or down-converter and is especially useful in up-conversion applications, with its DC capable differential IF port that enables the LO to be close in frequency to the RF. Its low LO to RF leakage of less than −25 dBm greatly eases the burden on the external filter. The mixer delivers excellent linearity of 20.1 dBm IIP3 at 14 GHz, and 18.3 dBm at 17 GHz.
The device integrates a broadband LO buffer, requiring only 0 dBm drive and effectively eliminating an external high power LO amplifier circuit. The LTC5552 also has a wideband balun transformer in its RF port, allowing single-ended 50 Ω operation over its specified frequency range. All these features result in minimum external components, simplified design and a very small solution size.
The LTC5552’s exceptionally wide bandwidth and performance supports a broad range of applications, including 5G broadband wireless access, microwave backhaul, satellite communications radios, radar systems including active antenna arrays, X/Ku/Ka-Band transceivers and RF test equipment.
The LTC5552 is offered in a tiny 12-lead, 3 mm x 2 mm plastic QFN package. The device is rated from −40°C to 105°C case for extended operating temperatures. The mixer is powered from a single 3.3 V supply and typically consumes 132 mA supply current. It can be shut down via an enable pin; when deactivated, the device draws only 100 μA maximum standby current. The enable pin can also be driven directly to turn the device on and off rapidly in less than 0.2 μs, supporting time-division duplex (TDD) or burst mode type transmitters and receivers.
The LTC5552 is priced starting at $22.00 each in 1000-piece quantities. Samples and production quantities are available immediately. For more information, visit: www.linear.com/product/LTC5552.