The AD9789 is an enabling technology in the
cable infrastructure industry. It was the first product to enable a "direct to
RF" architecture, while also including the signal processing to enable lower
cost and shorter time to market. The AD9789 eliminates the requirement for an
IF stage, thereby eliminating a discrete low pass filter and mixer or modulator
stage. To the cable operators, this means higher density, lower power and
ultimately lower cost per QAM. Developed for broadband and next-generation-communications-equipment
designers, the AD9789 14-bit TxDACÂ® converter streamlines wideband
communications design, enabling wireless and broadband equipment engineers to
support multiple standards using a single direct-to-RF transmit core. The AD9789 features ADI's proprietary
Mix-ModeTM super-Nyquist architecture, a single transmit-DAC architecture that
delivers a combination of usable bandwidth and effective dynamic range to
deliver high-fidelity digital synthesis of RF signals up to 3.6 GHz. The TxDAC
combines a flexible QAM encoder, interpolator, and upconverter with a
high-performance 14-bit, 2400-Msps RF DAC to achieve a 2.4GHz sample rate,
making well suited for DOCSIS-III cable-infrastructure designs that use
low-cost FPGAs. The AD9789 streamlines wideband communications design, allowing
wireless and broadband equipment engineers to support multiple standards using
a single direct-to-RF transmit core. The new TxDAC shortens time-to-market for
DOCSIS-III cable-infrastructure designs using low-cost FPGAs and includes a
flexible digital interface that can accept up to four channels of complex data.
For applications requiring output frequencies beyond the first nyquist zone,
the AD9789 proprietary Mix-ModeTM super-Nyquist architecture provides multi-carrier
capability up to the Nyquist frequency in baseband mode and uses the mix-mode
function to generate RF signals in the second and third Nyquist zones. This
feature allows designers to eliminate a mixing stage, reducing component count
and design complexity in direct-RF applications. According to the company, the
AD9789 was the first product of its kind to provide a direct to RF frequency
signal for the cable industry. It is an RF DAC that is able to convert bits to
the desired RF frequency. This breakthrough technology eliminates a number of
components typically found in the signal chain including mixers or modulators
and filters. Leveraging ADI's proprietary Mix-ModeTM super-Nyquist architecture,
the AD9789 delivers a combination of usable bandwidth, effective dynamic range
and a direct-to-RF core that supports multiple broadband equipment
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