I see a lot of documentation and design references related to AD9361 which is one of the most successful transceivers from ADI. However for a person like me who wants to keep things simple, this is a huge amount of information to assimilate.
1) AD9361 is not two receivers because the LO is shared. It is essentially only one "independent" receiver. Am I correct?
2) Can I configure the AD9361 to receive two signal bands of interest say first receiver receiving the lower band of interest [ (f_0 - f_1) to f_0] and the second band receiving the higher band of interest [f_0 to (f_0 + f_1)] ? Note that I am not asking for two totally independent signal bands, I am interested in two "adjacent" bands. If this is the case what is the limit on f_1? Of course I understand that f_1 can be 56 MHz and I can center the band in the middle of 56 MHz and receive the signal. But I would like to know if it is possible to receive two 56 MHz signals either side of f_0 (112 MHz in total).
3) I would like work with AD9361 as though it is a simple chip requiring only center frequency, bandwidth and gain configuration and nothing else. Is it that simple or what dev method is the simplest to configure AD9361s.