Single-ended to differential 2.3 - 2.9 GHz low-power ADC driver with integrated balun


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Current consumption (mA) 83 Frequency (Min) (MHz) 2300 Frequency (Max) (MHz) 2900 Gain (Typ) (dB) 17 Impedance match (Ohms) 50 Noise figure (Typ) (dB) 3 Number of channels (#) 1 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 105 Output IP3 (Typ) (dBm) 35 P1dB (Typ) (dBm) 17.5 Type Active Balun Power down current Yes open-in-new Find other RF gain block amplifiers

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  • Single-channel, single-ended input to differential output RF gain block amplifier
  • Supports 2.6-GHz center frequency with
    400-MHz, 1-dB bandwidth
  • 17-dB typical gain across the 1-dB bandwidth into ZLOAD = 50 Ω
  • Noise figure < 3 dB in 1-dB bandwidth
  • 35-dBm OIP3 at 2-dBm two-tone output power into ZLOAD = 50 Ω
  • 17.5-dBm output P1dB into ZLOAD = 50 Ω
  • 275-mW power consumption on 3.3-V single supply
  • Up to TA = 105°C operating temperature

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The LMH9226 is high-performance, single-channel, single-ended, 50-Ω input to differential 50-Ω or 100-Ω output RF gain block amplifier supporting a 2.3-GHz to 2.9-GHz frequency band. The device is well suited to meet requirements for 5G m-MIMO or small cell base station applications. The device integrates the functionality of a single-ended input and output RF gain block followed by a passive balun, where the device is mainly used in the final stage of a receiver signal chain to drive the full-scale voltage of an analog-to-differential converter (ADC) differential input.

The LMH9226 provides 17-dB typical gain with excellent linearity performance of 35-dBm output IP3 at 2.6 GHz, and maintains less than a 3-dB noise figure across the entire 1-dB bandwidth of 400 MHz. The device is internally matched for a 50-Ω impedance at the single-ended input. The differential output can easily interface to a 50-Ω impedance without any external matching circuitry. For 100-Ω impedance matching, an external matching circuitry is required that typically results in a 0.3-dB gain loss at 2.6 GHz.

Operating on a single 3.3-V supply, the device consumes approximately 275 mW of stand-by power, making the device suitable for high-density, 5G, massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) applications. Also, the device is available in a space-saving, 2-mm × 2-mm, 12-pin WQFN package. The device is rated for an operating temperature of up to 105°C to provide a robust system design. A 1.8-V JEDEC compliant power-down pin is available for fast power-down and power-up of the device that is suitable for time division duplex (TDD) systems.

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* Datasheet LMH9226 Single-Ended to Differential 2.3-GHz to 2.9-GHz RF Amplifier With Balun datasheet Dec. 16, 2018
More literature LMH9226RRLEVM EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) Apr. 28, 2020
User guides LMH9226 Evaluation Module User's Guide Dec. 13, 2019

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The LMH9226 evaluation module (EVM) is used to evaluate the LMH9226 device, which is a single-ended input to differential output 19dB gain block amplifier available in 2x2mm2 12-pin RRL package. The device is well suited to support requirements for the next generation 5G m-MIMO Active antenna system (...)
  • Operates on single +3.3V supply
  • Designed for single-ended 50 Ω input matching and differential 100Ω output matching interface
  • Simple interface to the inputs and output through on-board SMA connectors
  • Power down option available on board using jumper connector

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