ADI 5G millimeter-wave radar development platform

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ADI 5G millimeter-wave radar development platform

5G millimeter-wave radar development platform to accelerate development of broadband networking applications

Analog Devices' mixed signal front end AD9081/AD9082 and synthesizer ADF4371 accelerate the development of your broadband networking applications.

Giga Farm, an alliance partner of Analog Devices, 5G millimeter-wave radar development platforms, including FMC boards and clock generators using these products.

This article provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the platforms and devices that accelerate the development of 5G, millimeter-wave, and radar.

5G millimeter - wave radar development platform

Development Platform Configuration

This development platform consists of the following boards :

  • GRF-AD908x-FMC : FMC board equipped with AD9081 or AD9082
  • GIGA-PLL : Signal generator with ADF4371 (provides 6.11 GHZ and 768 MHZ clocks for system use)
  • GIGA DAQ : FMC host board (communication with ESD 204 interface of AD9081/AD9082)
  • GIGA SOC : platform processor (can switch between AD9081/AD9082 APIs on Linux)

Gigafarm's 5G millimeter-wave radar development platform

Broadband FMC boards : GRF-AD9081-FMC/GRF-AD9082-FMC

The GRF-AD9081-FMC and GRF-AD9082-FMC are ultra-small multi-channel gigabit sample AD/DA FMC boards. AD9081/AD9082 on the board can be controlled by a dedicated API provided by Analog Devices.

This FMC board is a product that can be used in a wide range of applications, such as the development of research, analysis and test equipment, as well as the integration into wireless devices such as 4G LTE and 5G millimeter-wave wireless communication systems.

GRF-AD9081-FMC/GRF-AD9082-FMC Block Diagram

Mixed signal front end AD9081/AD9082 for high bandwidth capabilities

The AD9081 and AD9082 are highly integrated devices with multi-channel RF A/D and D/A converters that are ideal for a flexible, reconfigurable wireless common platform design.

AD9081/AD9082 Comparison
    AD9081 AD9082
Channel configuration Transmitter 4 4
Receiver 4 2
D/A Converter Resolution 16bit 16bit
Sampling rate 12GSPS 12GSPS
A/D Converter Resolution 12bit 12bit
Sampling rate 4GSPS 6GSPS
Data transceiver port 16 lanes of 24.75 Gbps JESD204C or 15.5 Gbps JESD204B
Compound transmit input data rate 6GSPS 6GSPS
Receive output data rate in single channel mode 4GSPS 6GSPS
Maximum radio band interval in multichannel mode 1.2GHz 1.2GHz
Other Features On-chip clock multiplier
Digital signal processing for multi - band DC to RF wireless applications
Bypass-Enabled interpolator and decimator for ultra - wideband capability
Low delay loopback and frequency hopping modes for phased array radar systems and electronic warfare jammer applications

Since AD9081 and AD9082 are very high-performance products, they require a considerable amount of development resources to use them. The FMC board provided by Giga Farm solves these problems, because know - how is required for handling the high-speed JESD204 interface.

VCO Integrated Microwave Broadband Synthesizer ADF4371

The ADF4371 on the GIGA-PLL is a synthesizer with a wide continuous RF output range of 62 MHz to 32 GHz and the following excellent features.

  • Ultra - low FOM (normalized phase noise floor) : -234dBc/Hz
  • High phase frequency detection (PFD) function : up to 250 MHz
  • Minimum reference spurious : less than - 100 dBc (typical value)
  • Low VCO phase noise (-134dBc/Hz, 1 MHz offset at 8 GHz operating frequency)
  • Minimum combined phase noise (jitter) : less than 36 fs (10 GHz)
  • Integer boundary spurious (-90dBc, offset from integer channel to 960 kHz)
  • Built-in tracking filter for harmonic removal

This ADF4371-based GIGA-PLL is available as an ever-smaller signal generator that provides multiple outputs from the GHz clock to the millimeter-wave clock required by JESD204 devices. The GIGA-PLL can be purchased separately.

Application Example

  • Wireless communications infrastructure
  • W-CDMA, LTE, LTE-A, Massive-MIMO
  • Microwave Point to Point, E-Band 5G mm Wave
  • Broadband communication system
  • Phased array radar and electronic warfare
  • Electronic test and measurement systems


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