September 2016 Analog Dialogue Note from the Editor

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The technical focus of this issue of Analog Dialogue is ADI’s recently announced RadioVerse highly-integrated wideband transceiver technology and radio design ecosystem. This groundbreaking, game-changing, RF-to-baseband signal chain on a chip, accompanied by an expanded solution-based design environment, redefines radio design at the circuit, architecture, system, and software levels. From idea, to proof of concept, to production—all at light speed, as its motto proclaims. You can’t get much faster than that. There’s so much flexibility, versatility, and technology going on with RadioVerse transceiver solutions that I can’t do it justice in my limited space here. But I’ll let our feature article authors tell you some of the technical details.

Brad Brannon focuses on the state-of-the-art in Zero IF (ZIF) transceiver architecture, which is a key enabler in the RadioVerse portfolio of transceiver ICs. Brad explains how the architecture is the optimal solution for high-performance software-defined radio signal chain integration, but that certain limitations had to be overcome in order to meet the performance, agility, and flexibility demanded by high-end wideband wireless applications. Those limitations have been solved through innovation and Brad provides the performance data to prove it.

And in the second feature, Wyatt Taylor and David Brown examine how the RadioVerse transceiver solution portfolio enables Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) reduction in many military applications. Doing more with less is a mandate in military system design these days and SWaP is a key requirement. In the authors’ words, “The next generation aerospace and defense platforms are demanding a new approach to RF design, one where several square inches of an existing platform are integrated into a single device. Where the boundary between software and hardware is blurred.” RadioVerse single-chip wideband RF transceivers were expressly designed to support this industry trend; read how they are enabling next-generation military applications.

After reading these articles I think you’ll agree that RadioVerse represents a giant leap forward for the analog portion of high-performance wireless communications system design, and in the realization of highly flexible software-defined radio architectures. To get the full story, visit the RadioVerse pavilion page and then, imagine the possibilities.