RadioThorium

6–26 and 24–44 GHz Frequency Converters
RadioThorium

RadioThorium

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These modules are designed to interface directly with software-defined radios, such as those commonly implemented using Analog Devices’ Mixed-Signal Front-Ends (MxFE evaluation kits available here and here), or similar software defined radio, to obtain a complete mmWave system.

Up to four modules can be combined in parallel to create complex MIMO applications.

About RadioThorium

Configurable

IF and IQ baseband input/output, TDD and FDD modes, internal and external LO reference.

Cascadable

Control is provided via either SPI or USB interfaces. The interfaces can be cascaded (in series, up to 4 units) to support a single, external controller.

Synchronizable

Eliminates the need for multiple controllers and simplifies timing and synchronization between units.

>1 GHz Instantaneous Bandwidth

Instantaneous bandwidths up to 1.6 GHz (4T4R config) and higher.

Drives Phased Arrays

Stacking up to 4 RadioThorium modules is ideal for phased array applications.

Block Diagrams

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RadioThorium Applications

Software Defined Radio Applications
Aerospace and Defense
Advanced Wireless Communications Research
Covers 5G NR Frequency Range

Hardware Overview Example

Additional Documentation

Product Datasheet
Configuration and Control API
Getting Started Guide

Additional RadioThorium Features

The IF ports are designed for the 2 to 6 GHz range. Onboard user selectable filter banks provide 20, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1400 MHz bandwidths along with a bypass path option.

On the low frequency side, both up and down conversion paths support I/Q and IF interfaces. On-board I/Q buffers allow direct connection to external, single-ended ADC/DACs operating at up to 6 GHz. Programmable low pass filters (LPFs) in the buffers help reduce out of band spurious signals.

RadioThorium can be used for either Time Division Duplex (TDD) or Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) systems. The UC and DC paths have a single reference source for synchronization purposes but have separate, high-performance, local oscillators (LOs) for FDD applications. Inputs on each path are also available for injection of external LO and clock sources.

Control of the card is provided via either SPI or USB interfaces. The control interfaces can be cascaded (in series) to support a single, external controller. An API Control Interface Specification is provided with detailed command and timing information. Two control modes are available. The first is a console API based on SCPI/488.2. The second is a 32-bit binary structure, for automated control and timing of critical applications.

RadioThorium Live Demo from IMS2022

RadioThorium Live Demo from IMS2022

Ruben Zarrabi from Richardson RFPD and Bernie Gobeil from SignalCraft Technologies discuss a new family of high-performance frequency converters covering 24 to 44 GHz.
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White Paper: RF System Design Accelerators

White Paper: RF System Design Accelerators

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On-Demand Webinar: RadioThorium

On-Demand Webinar: RadioThorium

Learn more about this 24–44 GHz Frequency Converter in this on-demand webinar, featuring design engineers from Richardson RFPD and Signal Craft Technologies.
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