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Resolution (Bits) 14 Number of DAC channels (#) 1 Interface type JESD204B Sample/update rate (MSPS) 9000 Features Ultra High Speed Rating Catalog Interpolation 10x, 12x, 16x, 18x, 20x, 24x, 6x, 8x Power consumption (Typ) (mW) 2195 SFDR (dB) 97 Architecture Current Source Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Reference type Ext, Int
Resolution (Bits) 14 Number of DAC channels (#) 1 Interface type JESD204B Sample/update rate (MSPS) 9000 Features Ultra High Speed Rating Catalog Interpolation 10x, 12x, 16x, 18x, 20x, 24x, 6x, 8x Power consumption (Typ) (mW) 2195 SFDR (dB) 97 Architecture Current Source Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Reference type Ext, Int
FCBGA (AAV) 144 100 mm² 10 x 10
  • 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
  • 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

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.

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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* Data sheet DAC38RFxx Dual- or Single-Channel, Single-Ended or Differential Output, 14-Bit, 9-GSPS, RF-Sampling DAC With JESD204B Interface and On-Chip PLL datasheet (Rev. C) 31 Jul 2017
Technical article Keys to quick success using high-speed data converters 13 Oct 2020
Application note Impact of Power-Supply Noise on Phase Noise Performance of RF DACs 13 Jun 2018
Application note Eye Scan Testing with the DAC38RFxx 10 Aug 2017
Application note Quick-Start Methods in Simulating the DAC38RF8x Input/Output Buffer Information 02 Aug 2017
Application note DAC38RF8x Test Modes 25 Jul 2017
Technical article Digital signal processing in RF sampling DACs – part 2 04 Apr 2017
User guide DAC38RF8xEVM User's Guide (Rev. A) 24 Mar 2017
Technical article Digital signal processing in RF sampling DACs - part 1 13 Feb 2017
Technical article Why phase noise matters in RF sampling converters 28 Nov 2016
Design guide Efficient Power Supply Scheme for RF-Sampling DAC Reference Design 22 Aug 2016

Design & development

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Evaluation board

DAC38RF82EVM — DAC38RF82 Dual-Channel, 14-Bit, 9-GSPS, 1x-24x Interpolating, 6 & 9 GHz PLL DAC Evaluation Module

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 (...)
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Firmware

TI-JESD204-IP — JESD204 Rapid Design IP for FPGAs connected to TI high-speed data converters

The JESD204 rapid design IP has been designed to enable FPGA engineers to achieve an accelerated path to a working JESD204 system. The IP has been architected in a way that downstream digital processing and other application logic are isolated from most of the performance- and timing-critical (...)
Firmware

DAC38RF8x KCU105 Firmware (Rev. A)

SLAC779A.ZIP (48623 KB)
GUI for evaluation module (EVM)

DAC38RF8x EVM GUI (Rev. D)

SLAC722D.ZIP (216778 KB)
Support software

DATACONVERTERPRO-SW — High-speed data converter pro software

This high-speed data converter pro GUI is a PC (Windows® XP/7/10 compatible) program designed to aid in evaluation of most TI high-speed data converter and analog front-end (AFE) platforms. Designed to support the entire TSW14xxx series of data-capture and pattern-generation cards, (...)
Simulation model

DAC38RF80 IBIS Model

SLAM304.ZIP (70 KB) - IBIS Model
Simulation model

DAC38RF8x IBIS-AMI Model (Rev. A)

SLAM343A.ZIP (24658 KB) - IBIS-AMI Model
Simulation tool

PSPICE-FOR-TI — PSpice® for TI design and simulation tool

PSpice® for TI is a design and simulation environment that helps evaluate functionality of analog circuits. This full-featured, design and simulation suite uses an analog analysis engine from Cadence®. Available at no cost, PSpice for TI includes one of the largest model libraries in the (...)
Schematic

DAC38RF8xEVM Design Files

SLAC734.ZIP (10565 KB)
Reference designs

TIDA-01215 — Power Supply Reference Design for Optimizing Spur and Phase Noise in RF-sampling DACs

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 (...)
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