e2v reveals the world’s first K-band capable digital-to-analog converter


e2v announces the launch of the EV12DS460, a 6GSps Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) which can achieve clean signal generation up to 26.5GHz.

The new EV12DS460 from e2v is the world’s first DAC to perform signal generation directly in the K-band frequency (18GHz-27GHz), removing the need for signal up-conversion and the costly mixers that perform this task. Radio Frequency (RF) applications operating at higher bands will benefit from system simplification through Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) savings, meeting growing demands to reduce the cost of system ownership. With an ability to operate in the previously up-converted K-band frequency, the EV12DS460 contains the largest choice of DAC settings to optimize performance up to 26.5GHz. It is also equipped with four output operating modes and includes an option for program pulse shaping, making it proficient at handling the most specific of RF applications. Laurent Monge, Vice President of Semiconductors at e2v, commented, “Removing up-conversion stages in our customers’ systems operating up to K-band will help them to significantly simplify system design. We’ve always pushed the limits of signal conversion technology since developing the world’s first microwave frequency capable data converter, and the EV12DS460 is evidence of this.” Each packaging option for the EV12DS460 guarantees dynamic performance across different temperature ranges, including military grade at -55°C to 125°C, offering a powerful and versatile data conversion solution.

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