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Analog Devices Simplifies Wireless Infrastructure Design with Industry's First Dual-Channel rms Power Detector.

NORWOOD, Mass. -- New TruPwr(TM) dual-channel rms power detector simultaneously measures two complex input signals, enabling accurate calibration and monitoring of signal path gains with a single device.

Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today introduced the industry's first dual-channel radio frequency (RF) root-mean-square (rms) power detector for precision measurement of transmit and receive signals up to 2.7 GHz. The AD8364 is the industry's only power detector that measures two complex input signals simultaneously, enabling cellular base station system designers to solve one of their biggest challenges--the accurate measurement of RF signals.

The AD8364 is ideally suited for next-generation cellular infrastructure equipment using complex signals with constantly varying peak-to-average ratios, such as CDMA2000, W-CDMA, and TD-SCDMA. Specific applications include PA (power amplifier) control and linearization, antenna VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) monitoring, transmitter power control, and automatic gain control circuits. Better control over the power and gain within a base station power amplifier allows designers to significantly reduce cost and improve operating efficiency.

"A critical component for maintaining output power efficiency and spectral purity, the AD8364 performs a precise rms power level measurement for each channel, providing the user with two calibrated linear-in-dB output voltages," said Jay Cormier, product line director for Advanced Linear Products, Analog Devices. "The integration of the two channels and an accurate temperature sensor reduces our customers' bill of materials, board area and design time. The AD8364 is effectively a complete single-chip measurement subsystem."

About the AD8364 Dual TruPwr(TM) RF Detector

The AD8364 is the newest member of Analog Devices' TruPwr(TM) family of detectors, which are designed to measure complex waveforms at RF frequencies and deliver an accurately scaled dc voltage that is the rms equivalent of the input waveform. Drawing on the functionality of Analog Devices' award-winning AD8362 TruPwr detector--introduced in 2002--the AD8364 integrates two matched AD8362 channels on a single chip. Additional enhancements include improved temperature performance and reduced log-conformance ripple within the detector cores. With two matched detectors, the precise matching of both channels reduces temperature- and part-to-part variations in comparison to discrete designs.

The AD8364 provides the following output measurements:

--two accurately scaled independent outputs for each RF measurement

--a difference output measured across the two channel inputs

--a temperature output measured by the on-chip temperature sensor

The difference output enables users to accurately measure the difference between the two channels that can have varying input frequencies and power levels, thus allowing precise control of gain across RF/IF signal paths. By adding a temperature sensor to the three TruPwr outputs, the AD8364 allows designers to calibrate temperature drift and/or monitor temperature variations within the system.

When compared to conventional or discrete implementations, the AD8364 offers considerable savings in board area, component count and solution cost, as it combines the functionality of four integrated circuits into one device. The AD8364 operates on a single 5-V supply, is fully specified for operation from -40 to +85 degrees C and is packaged in a space-saving 5 mm x 5 mm LFCSP (lead frame chip-scale package).

Pricing and Availability

The AD8364 is available in pre-production quantities, with volume production scheduled for March 2005. The device is priced at $7.85 per unit in 1,000-piece quantities. For more information, please visit:

Analog Devices' RF Expertise

Analog Devices' RF ICs have the high-performance specifications--such as speed and dynamic range--that enable new, highly desirable architectural changes to radio designs that, in turn, reduce component count, decrease cost and ease design challenges. Using a unique combination of design skills, process technologies and system understanding, Analog Devices has a broad portfolio of RF ICs, including complete chipsets and a full range of high-performance RF function blocks. Among its extensive offerings are direct digital synthesizers (DDS); phase-locked loop synthesizers (PLLs); detectors and logarithmic operational amplifiers; fixed and variable gain amplifiers (VGAs); TruPwr(TM) RF power detectors; mixers, modulators, and demodulators; integrated IF amplifiers; and the Othello(R) family of single-chip transceivers for cellular terminals.

About Analog Devices

Analog Devices, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. ADI is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,900 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, and the Philippines. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and ADI is included in the S&P 500 Index.

TruPwr(TM) is a trademark, and Othello(R) is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.
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