Hittite Microwave Corporation has released the HMC6383, a high-performance, flexible, direct conversion receiver (DCR) radio design platform that can be configured on-the-fly. Fully field programmable, the HMC6383 platform is designed to serve as a receiver subsystem building block for various applications including cellular basestations, microwave radio, adaptive IF strips, wireless LAN, software defined radio and test equipment.
The HMC6383 features programmable 3 dB bandwidth from 3.5 MHz to 50 MHz baseband (7 MHz to 100 MHz RF) within ±2.5% bandwidth accuracy. This radio design platform also provides wideband input frequency coverage from 700 MHz to 3000 MHz with 90 dB of distributed programmable gain, and linearity in excess of 60 dBm input IP2. The integrated, seamless, image rejection calibration algorithm achieves 80 dB of image rejection.
The HMC6383 enables users to offer identical hardware receiver platforms across various standards, jurisdictions, and bands of operation, while pre-programming or field programming the receiver to suit each individual deployment. The HMC6383 evaluation development kit includes a full software suite for complete configuration and control. More Information Product web page
An un-anticipated result of this product release could be that a whole lot of people may want one of these to use as an all-band receiver. Of course that will be dependent on how easy it is to actually use, and what sort of supporting hardware it needs. Cost will have an impact as well, I suppose.
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