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Linear Technology has introduced the LTC5583, a 40MHz to 6GHz dual-channel, matched RMS power detector, offering more than 55dB isolation at 2.14GHz.

In RF power-amplifier (PA) applications, the LTC5583 provides a solution for accurately measuring forward power, reverse power and voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR).

The device comprises a pair of 60dB dynamic-range RMS detectors that are matched to 1.25dB.

This provides accurate RF power measurement of high crest-factor signals such as those used in LTE, WiMAX, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA2000 3G or 4G basestations and other high-performance radios employing complex modulation waveforms.

Each channel can detect signals accurately from as small as -58 to 2dBm, in a log-linear response with a typical linearity of better than +/-0.5dB covering all cellular frequency bands.

At higher frequencies, the device is capable of providing 47dB of useful dynamic range up to 6GHz.

Each detector simultaneously tracks the envelope of the modulated input waveform, providing on-chip capability to measure both peak and average signal power.

The LTC5583 has channel-to-channel isolation of more than 55dB at 2.14GHz, when driven differentially.

It can operate single-ended for RF input frequencies up to 2.14GHz, requiring no external balun transformers.

This configuration reduces costs without trading off dynamic range and provides isolation of better than 40dB.

An integrated amplifier measures the difference between the two detector outputs.

For applications where one RF input is measuring the forward power and the other the reflected power, the difference output provides real-time VSWR results.

The two matched detectors are also useful in applications such as monitoring and controlling RF amplifier stage gain.

The LTC5583’s matching and isolation performance minimise calibration requirements, thus simplifying designs and reducing costs.

Each detector maintains accuracy of +/-1dB error over a 53dB dynamic range over its specified operating temperature range of -40 to 85C.

This enables the LTC5583 to be used in rugged environments such as Remote Radio Units (RRUs) or Outdoor Units (ODUs) deployed on cellular towers.

The device has on-chip provisions for first- and second-order temperature compensation, which enable easy calibration for improved temperature performance.

The LTC5583 operates on a single 3.3V supply with total current consumption of 80.5mA.

The device has an enable pin, allowing the chip to power down.

In shutdown mode, the device draws a maximum current of 10uA.

LTC5583 is available in a 4 x 4mm 24-pin QFN package.

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