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Resolution (Bits) 14 Sample/update rate (MSPS) 9000 DACs (#) 2 Interpolation 10x, 12x, 16x, 18x, 20x, 24x, 6x, 8x Power consumption (Typ) (mW) 3800 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 open-in-new Find other Transmitters

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  • 14-Bit Resolution
  • Maximum DAC Sample Rate: 9 GSPS
  • Key Specifications:
    • RF Full-Scale Output Power at 2.1 GHz:
      • DAC38RF80/90/84: 0 dBm
      • DAC38RF83/93/85: 3 dBm (with 2:1 balun)
    • Spectral Performance(on-chip PLL, DIFF):
      • fDAC = 5898.24 MSPS, fOUT = 2.14 GHz
        • WCDMA ACLR: 75 dBc
        • WCDMA alt-ACLR: 77 dBc
      • fDAC = 8847.36 MSPS, fOUT = 3.7 GHz
        • 20 MHz LTE ACLR: 63 dBc
      • fDAC = 9 GSPS, fOUT = 1.8 GHz
        • IMD3 = 70 dBc (–6 dBFS, 10-MHz tone spacing)
        • NSD = –157 dBc/Hz
  • Dual-Band Digital Up-converter per DAC
    • 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20 or 24x Interpolation
    • 4 Independent NCOs With 48-Bit Resolution
  • JESD204B Interface, Subclass 1
    • Support for Multichip Synchronization
    • Maximum Lane Rate: 12.5 Gbps
  • Single-Ended Output With Integrated Balun (DAC38RF80/90/84) Covering 700 MHz to 3800 MHz
  • Internal PLL and VCO With Bypass
    • fC(VCO) = 5.9 or 8.9 GHz
  • Power Dissipation: 1.4 to 2.2 W/ch
  • Power Supplies: –1.8 V, 1 V, 1.8 V
  • Package: 10 x 10 mm BGA, 0.8 mm Pitch, 144-Balls

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The DAC38RFxx is a family of high-performance, dual/single-channel, 14-bit, 9-GSPS, RF-sampling digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that are capable of synthesizing wideband signals from 0 to 4.5 GHz. A high dynamic range allows the DAC38RFxx family to generate signals for a wide range of applications including 3G/4G signals for wireless base-stations and radar.

The devices feature a low-power JESD204B Interface with up to 8 lanes with a maximum bit rate of 12.5 Gbps allowing an input data rate of 1.25 GSPS complex per channel. The DAC38RFxx provides two digital up-converters per channel, with multiple options for interpolation rates. A digital quadrature modulator with independent, frequency flexible NCOs are available to support multi-band operation. An optional low-jitter PLL/VCO simplifies the DAC sampling clock generation by allowing use of a lower frequency reference clock.

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The DAC38RF82EVM is the circuit board for evaluating DAC38RF82/83/85/93 digital to analog converters (DACs). The EVM can be used to evaluate the performance of the DAC up to 9GSPS sampling rate and it is designed to work with the TSW14J56 EVM. The available FMC connector also makes it possible to (...)
  • Allows evaluation of DAC38RF82/83/85/93 up to 9GSPS sampling rate
  • Supports up to 12.5Gbps serdes signaling rate across FMC
  • Integrated low phase noise On–chip PLL with 2 VCOs to simplify system clock generation. Also supports external clock mode.
  • AC coupled, differential output with on-board 2:1 (...)
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Reference designs

Power Supply Reference Design for Optimizing Spur and Phase Noise in RF-sampling DACs
TIDA-01215 — This reference design provides an efficient power supply scheme to power-up the RF-sampling DAC38RF8x digital-to-analog data converter (DAC) without sacrificing performance and also reduces board area and BOM. The reference design uses both DC/DC switchers and an LDO to power-up the DAC38RF8x while (...)
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Continuous Wave Phase-aligned Multitone Generator: DC-to-6-GHz RF-Sampling DAC Reference Design
TIDA-01084 The TIDA-01084 reference design demonstrates the use of RF sampling DAC to generate continuous phase-aligned multitone waveforms. With four 48-bit independent NCOs, the 14-bit, 9GSPS DAC38RF83 can generate four CW tones placed anywhere within the first Nyquist zone or up to 6 GHz in the second.

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