A new radio technology promises to dramatically reduce the time required to develop RF-based applications. Analog Devices has unveiled RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem, which provides customers with integrated transceiver technologies, a robust design environment, and market-specific technical expertise to move their radio designs from concept to creation quickly.

The new ecosystem’s transceiver technologies reduce radio size, weight and power (SWaP), while the design environment offers board support packages, software and tools to help customers simplify and accelerate radio development across a range of applications including wireless infrastructure, aerospace and defense electronics, and electronic test and measurement. RadioVerse is redefining radio design at the circuit, architecture, system and software levels to simplify integration and speed customers’ time-to-market.

The backbone of the RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem is a new wideband RF transceiver, the AD9371. It is a highly versatile, carrier-grade, system-on-chip radio solution that achieves a wide RF tuning range of 300MHz to 6 GHz, 100MHz signal bandwidth, and power consumption of less than 5W under standard operating conditions. It replaces or eliminates as many as 20 discrete radio components and can be used as a common design platform across multiple applications and standards, increasing R&D efficiency and reducing time-to-market of the end product.

The AD9371 integrated wideband RF transceiver is ideal for applications such as wireless communications, aerospace and defence electronics, and electronic test and measurement equipment that require high-performance radios across a wideband frequency range while maintaining industry leading low-power consumption levels.

“ADI’s RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem demonstrates our system-level approach to innovation through which we deliver solutions that go beyond silicon to enable designers to get to market faster and reduce their costs,” said Rick Hess, executive vice president, Communications Business Group, Analog Devices.

RadioVerse accelerates time-to-market

ADI’s RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem accelerates customer time-to-market by providing integrated RF transceivers, software API, design support packages, robust documentation, access to ADI’s EngineerZone online technical support community, and more. RadioVerse provides integrated wideband RF transceiver evaluation boards that directly connect to an FPGA development platform, allowing customers to perform chip-level performance evaluation and rapid prototyping of complete wireless scenarios using a single hardware platform.

RadioVerse block diagram Figure 1: AD9371 Functional Block Diagram (Source: Analog Devices)

The boards are supported by a toolkit that includes HDL, Linux drivers, software API, a GUI, and design files necessary for customers to kick-start their own designs. An exact, verified model of the AD9371 transceiver, enabling advanced simulation and analysis of the transceiver, can be developed by using MATLAB and Simulink. End users can then use the model to configure the transceiver and verify performance, correct problems earlier, and accelerate completion of their RF system design.

The RadioVerse design environment will continue to expand to include third-party design houses, COTS providers and other partners to further enable customers to rapidly deploy their products to market.