The SA620 is a combined RF amplifier, VCO with tracking bandpass filter and mixer designed for high-performance low-power communication systems from 800-1200MHz. The low-noise preamplifier has a 1.6dB noise figure at 900MHz with 11.5dB gain and an IP3 intercept of -3dBm at the input. The gain is stabilized by on-chip compensation to vary less than +-0.2dB over -40 to +85Cel temperature range. The wide-dynamic-range mixer has an 9dB noise figure and IP3 of -6dBm at the input at 900MHz. An external LO can be used in place of the internal VCO for improved mixer input IP3 and a 3mA reduction in current. The chip incorporates a through-mode option so the RF amplifier can be disabled and replaced by an attenuator (S21= -7.5dB). This is useful for improving the overall dynamic range of the receiver when in an overload situation. The nominal current drawn from a single 3V supply is 10.4mA and 7.2mA in the thru-mode. Additionally, the VCO and Mixer can be powered down to further reduce the supply current to 1.2mA.
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