My customer is using LTC6948 synthesizer with integrated VCO. And intend to use AD8342 for both the TX and RX path if possible. However, using AD8342 on the TX path will require the use of a balun at 225MHz to 512MHz (usually winding type), which is not desirable due to high limitation. no issue with RX path because at 2313MHz, my customer can easily find ceramics balun.
So back to Tx path, If my customer were to short one end of the differential output to ground without the use of a balun, can you advice what is the conversion gain (or probably a loss by doing so) and any other impact?
IF Frequency = 2650MHz
LO Frequency = 2875MHz to 3162MHz
RF Frequency = 225MHz to 512MHz
IF Frequency = 225MHz to 512MHz
LO Frequency = 1801MHz to 2088MHz
RF Frequency = 2313MHz
I did recommended LT5560, but my customer concerned about the IIP3 for this part is rather low.