CML extends operating range of SDR receiver.
CML Microcircuits, the 44 year-old fabless semiconductor company, has extended the operating range of its CMX994 direct conversion receiver and now works over 50-940MHz.
The chip has I/Q demodulators intended for use as a direct conversion receiver. The device targets the next generation of multi-mode software defined radios for wireless data and two-way radio applications. Its design provides the optimum route for on-board integration, allowing a small RF receiver to be realised with a minimum of external components in both zero IF and low IF systems.
A DCRx mixes the wanted RF signal down to 0Hz in a single quadrature mixing process using a local oscillator (LO) tuned to the wanted RF channel frequency. Selectivity filtering and gain can now take place at baseband with practical, low power, analogue and digital circuits. DCRx also eliminates the need for an image-reject filter.
The CMX994 DCRx IC is suitable for modulation schemes including: QAM, 4FSK, GMSK and pi/4-DQPSK. Key features of the device include on-chip VCO for VHF applications, on-chip LNA, precision baseband filtering with selectable bandwidths and the smallest PCB area, typically less than 50% of a dual superhet.
Available now, the IC operates at 3.0 – 3.6 V, and comes in a Q4 40-pin VQFN package.