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AD-FMCOMMS4-EBZ User Guide

The AD-FMComms4-EBZ is an FMC board for the AD9364, a highly integrated RF Agile Transceiver™. While the complete chip level design package can be found on the the ADI web site. Information on the card, and how to use it, the design package that surrounds it, and the software which can make it work, can be found here.

The purpose of the AD-FMComms4-EBZ is to provide an RF platform to software developers, system architects, etc, who want a single platform which operates over a much wider tuning range (70 MHz – 6 GHz).

The AD-FMComms4-EBZ board is very similar to the AD-FMComms2-EBZ and AD-FMComms3-EBZ board with only one exception, rather than the AD9361 (which is 2 Rx, 2Tx), it uses the AD9364, a lower cost 1 Rx, 1 Tx device. The AD-FMComms4-EBZ includes both types of external baluns, one targetted for wider tuning range applications (Minicircuits TCM1-63AX+), and ones which provide optimized performance for 2.4GHz.

Since much of the FMCOMMS2/3/4 share a common device/infrastructure, much of the documentation is the same.

  1. Hardware (including schematics)
    1. Characteristics & Performance

All the boards described on this page include ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices. Electrostatic charges as high as 4000V readily accumulate on the human body and test equipment and can discharge without detection.

Although the boards feature ESD protection circuitry, permanent damage may occur on devices subjected to high-energy electrostatic discharges. Therefore, proper ESD precautions are recommended to avoid performance degradation or loss of functionality.