Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a 16-bit, single-channel, 135 mega samples per second (MSPS) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a low-jitter clock synthesizer. The combined signal chain solution provides unmatched dynamic system-level performance in communications, defense, and test and measurement applications. The data converter and clock are available on the same evaluation module (EVM) to facilitate fast evaluations of these complex systems.
Low noise enhances performance in wide-bandwidth applications
The ADS5483 ADC has the industry’s highest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) over comparable ADCs on the market, for input frequencies from DC through the second Nyquist zone. Sampling at 135 MSPS, the ADC can achieve a SNR of 78.6 dBFS with 95 dBc SFDR for a 70-MHz input frequency (IF), which is up to 3.5 dB greater SNR or 8 dB greater SFDR over comparable ADCs. The higher performance of the ADS5483 increases design flexibility and benefits many applications. For example, it offers greater accuracy for test and measurement systems and higher sensitivity with larger bandwidths in wireless communication including air interfaces, such as WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, LTE and multi-carrier 3GSM.
In wide-bandwidth applications, the ADS5483 eases analog front-end design by incorporating a fully differential input buffer, a common feature across TI’s family of ADS54xx ADCs. Developed in TI’s BiCom3 high-speed process technology, this buffer provides constant input impedance over input frequency and eliminates kickback from the ADC’s track-and-hold structure to ensure consistent linearity of the signal. In addition, unlike competitive ADCs, the ADS5483 utilizes differential double data rate (DDR) LVDS outputs to significantly reduce the number of I/O traces and pins it consumes on FPGA or ASIC devices.
Highly flexible clock enables system-level performance
The ultra-low jitter CDCE72010 clock synthesizer provides best-in-class additive jitter performance at less than 50 femtoseconds (fs), which meets the jitter requirements to clock high-speed ADCs, such as the ADS5483. For example, the combined EVM using the CDCE72010 and a crystal band pass filter to drive the ADS5483 at 122.8 MSPS achieves a high system-level SNR of 78.0 dBFS SNR and 89.1 dBc SFDR with a 100-MHz input frequency.
The new clock synthesizer can accommodate a wide range of frequencies to meet the requirements of various systems, such as wireless base stations or test and measurement equipment. It can support up to 10 LVPECL, 10 LVDS or 20 LVCMOS configurable outputs at frequencies up to 1.5 GHz and input frequencies from 8 KHz up to 500 MHz. Designers can integrate two frequency sets within one clock synthesizer with the option of two external VCO/VCXOs. The CDCE72010′s on-chip EEPROM stores default settings, which allows designers to reduce system start-up time and eliminates the need for an external component.
Tools and signal chain solutions ease development and enable rapid evaluation
The ADS5483 and the CDCE72010 are available on the same EVM to facilitate fast evaluations of complex systems. To provide designers with frequency planning flexibility, the EVM includes an open socket for the VCXO and crystal filter as well as bypass for an external source clock input. TI also offers the TSW1200 digital capture tool, available across a wide portfolio of TI’s high-speed LVDS-output ADCs. The TSW1200 enables rapid evaluation for ADCs of up to 16-bit resolution and 500-MSPS sample rates to simplify design and help designers bring systems to market faster.
To further ease design and speed time-to-market, TI offers a wide variety of devices to complete the signal chain, including those listed below.
Availability and packaging
The ADS5483 and CDCE72010 are both available today in QFN-64 PowerPAD packages. Pricing in quantities of 1,000 is $65.00 for the ADS5483 and $10.95 for the CDCE72010. Samples, EVMs and the TSW1200 capture card for a rapid and cost-effective evaluation are available from TI.
Additional members of the ADS548x family including the ADS5482 sampling at 105 MSPS and the ADS5481 sampling at 80 MSPS will be available later this year.