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Mixer, Converter, Multiplier, Modulator & Transceiver Design

Mixers, converters, multipliers, modulators & transceivers are all lumped together on this page since they all involve some sort of frequency translation, either up or down. Often, the terms can be interchanged. This way no matter what you have come in search of, it should be listed here.

These websites contain information relating to mixer, converter, multiplier, modulator, and transceiver design including white papers, datasheets, tutorials, and online write-ups.


50W Voltage-Mode Forward Converter Design with the
| maxim-ic.com/appnotes.cfm/appnote_number/2040
MAX8541 | maxim-ic.com/appnotes.cfm/appnote_number/2039
Application note from Maxim Integrated Products.

500W Power-Factor-Corrected (PFC) Converter Design with FAN4810 | fairchildsemi.com/an/AN/AN-6004.pdf
Application note from Fairchild Semiconductor.

Active Mixer Design Using the NE25139 Dual Gate MESFET | cel.com/pdf/appnotes/an1020.pdf
Application note from California Eastern Laboratories.

A Graphical Approach to Mixer Spurious Analysis |
Article by Kirt Blattenberger, RF Cafe.

Analog-to-Digital Converter Design Guide | microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/21841A.pdf
From Microchip.

An Optimal Mixer Matching Design Technique Under Large Signal Pumping | rfdesign.com/mag/radio_optimal_mixer_matching
From RF Design by J. P. Pascual, M. L. de la Fuente, M. Rodríguez-Gironés, E. Artal and H. L. Hartnagel.

A Novel ΣΔ Modulator Design Applied to Dual GSM/WCDMA Receiver | webfea-lb.fea.aub.edu.lb/dsaf/Publications/2.pdf
Abstract by Rony Ferzli and Mohamad Adnan

A Radiation-Tolerant Low-Power Transceiver Design for Reconfigurable Applications | esto.nasa.gov/conferences/estc-2002/Papers/A1P2(Weigand).pdf
Abstract by D. Weigand, M. Harlache, ITT Industries Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division.

CMOS RFIC Upconversion Mixer Design | cp.literature.agilent.com/litweb/pdf/5989-8993EN.pdf
By Stephen Long University of California.

Comparing Active Gilbert Mixers Integrated in Standard SiGe Process (Part I) | rfdesign.com/ar/501rfdf4.pdf
From RF Design, by N. Rodríguez, E. Hernández, G. Bistué, I. Gutiérrez, J. Presa and R. Berenguer.

Converter Design with Integrated Switching Elements | epn-online.com/page/18602/converter-design-with-integrated-switching-elements.html
From EPN Online. |

Data Dependent Power Use in Multipliers | ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/9902/31474/01467616.pdf?arnumber=1467616
Abstract by Colin D. Walter and David Samyde.

Design and Characterization of a Sideband Separating SIS Mixer for 85-115 GHz | gard04.rss.chalmers.se/papers/SIS_3mm_2SB_color.pdf
Abstract by V. Vassilev, V. Belitsky, C. Risacher, I. Lapkin, A. Pavolotsky, and E. Sundin.

Design Guidelines for terahertz Mixers and Detectors | ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/22/30829/01427968.pdf?temp=x
Article by Focardi, P., McGrath, W.R., and Neto, A.

Harmonic Balance Simulation Speeds RF Mixer Design | mwee.com/features/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=12802019
From Microwave Engineering Online by Stephen Maas.

HbFree | hbfree.sourceforge.net
Harmonic Balance Microwave and radio frequency circuit simulation program intended for simulation of MW & RF analog non-autonomous circuits under multi-tone excitations. It was developed for MW mixers and power amplifiers design.

Image-Reject and Single-Sideband Mixers |
Tech note from WJ Communications, Inc.

Impedance Matching Techniques for Mixers and Detectors | literature.agilent.com/litweb/pdf/5952-0496.pdf
Application note from Agilent Technologies.

Integrated DC-DC Converter Design for Improved WCDMA Power Amplifier Efficiency in SiGe BiCMOS Technology | ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/8720/27594/01231950.pdf?arnumber=1231950
Publication by Drew Guckenberger and Kevin Kornegay, Cornell Broadband Communications Research Lab.

Introduction to Mixers | members.tripod.com/michaelgellis/mixersin.html
By Michael Ellis.

Low-Input-Voltage, Low-Power Boost Converter Design Issues | jonathankimball.com/pdf/low_input_boost_PESC.pdf
By Jonathan W. Kimball, Theresa L. Flowers, and Patrick L. Chapman.

Low-Power Mixer Design Example using HP Advanced Design System | michaelgellis.tripod.com/ads/mixerpag.pdf
Technical note from Hewlett-Packard Company.

Microwave Hybrid Capability Ku Band Mixer | mptcorp.com/whitepapers/wp004revb.pdf
White paper from Microwave Packaging Technology, Inc.

Mixer Design Using SpectreRF | ek.isy.liu.se/~jdab/SpectreRF_Mixer533AN.pdf
Application note from Cadence.

Mixers | plextek.co.uk/papers/mixers2.pdf
Paper that explains the operation of RF mixers and provides guidelines for their design, by Liam Devlin.

Mixers as Phase Detectors |
Tech note from WJ Communications, Inc.

On the Design of an FPGA-based OFDM Modulator for IEEE 802.16-2004 | ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/10611/33520/01592504.pdf?temp=x
Article by Garcia, J. and Cumplido, R.

Open-collector Mixer Design for Next Generation RFICs | rfdesign.com/mag/radio_opencollector_mixer_design
From RF Design by Barry Hunt and Walter Prada.

PFC Converter Design with IR1150 One Cycle Control IC | irf.com/technical-info/appnotes/an-1077.pdf
Application note by R. Brown, M. Soldano, International Rectifier.

RC5051 Converter Design Template | fairchildsemi.com/an/AB/ABR-6001.pdf
From Fairchild Semiconductor.

Selecting the Correct High Speed Transceiver Solution | altera.com/literature/wp/wp_advantages.pdf
White paper from Altera.

Simple Line Mixer | tkk.fi/Misc/Electronics/circuits/linemixer.html
By Tomi Engdahl.

Simple Synchronous Buck Converter Design - MCP1612 | eetasia.com/ARTICLES/2005JUN/A/2005JUN16_ACC_AN.PDF
Article by Cliff Ellison, Microchip Technology Inc.

Use a Microcontroller to Design a Boost Converter | edn.com/article/CA382783.html
From EDN, by Ross Fosler, Microchip Technology.

Using Mixers in Radio Communications | members.tripod.com/michaelgellis/mixerscom.html
By Michael Ellis.

Verification of Radio-Frequency Transceivers | utdallas.edu/~ramav/doc/spice/mentorpaper_1199.pdf
White paper from TechOnLine, by David C. Lee.

Versatile Digital QAM Modulator | altera.com/literature/wp/wpstxiiqam.pdf
White paper from Altera Corporation.

VRM 8.5 DC-DC Converter Design Guidelines | developer.intel.com/design/pentiumiii/designgd/249659.htm
From Intel Corporation.

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