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TDA20143 is a general-purpose QPSK satellite tuner that addresses the stringent
requirements of both operator and Free To Air (FTA) applications. It includes an integrated
high-sensitivity Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) and a large dynamic range. The device also
includes a built-in RF Loop-Through (LPT).
To address FTA applications, the TDA20143’s built-in high-sensitivity LNA provides
exceptional Noise Figure (NF) without the need for any external amplification. However,
unlike many competitive FTA tuners, the TDA20143’s unique architecture allows it to
achieve this NF for low-power signals without sacrificing linearity (IIP3, IIP2) when total
power is high. This characteristic makes the TDA20143 ideal for operator applications.
The LNA also includes multiple settings to allow power reduction when higher linearity is
The tuner employs a fractional PLL that provides good phase noise while enabling fine
step size without adversely affecting lock time. Additional features include a built-in
auto-tuning function, a single-ended RF input and a buffered version of the crystal clock
with optional dividers that is made available to drive companion ICs.
The device’s flexible LPT includes a buffer and an attenuator with four settings. This
allows flexibility when connected in cascade with a second satellite tuner. Good reverse
isolation assures that interaction between the two tuners connected via the LPT path does
not affect the desired signal.