CN0417 is a small USB powered RF power amplifier optimized for 2400 MHz operation. The amplifier typically provides 20 dB of gain through its RF band of operation, boosting signals for various communication protocols such as ISM, MC-GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and LTE. It requires 5V USB supply for normal operation. The input and output, both populated with edge mounted SMA connectors, are dc blocked and matched to 50 Ω for ease of use. More information on this board can be found at PlutoSDR Amplifier.
The ADL5606 is a broadband, two-stage, 1 W RF driver amplifier that operates over a frequency range of 1800 MHz to 2700 MHz. The device can be used in a wide variety of wired and wireless communication protocols, including ISM, MC-GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, and LTE.
The LTM8045 is an integrated switching DC/DC converter that contains a current mode controller, power switching element, power coupled inductor, power Schottky diode and a modest amount of input and output capacitance. It can be can be configured as a SEPIC or inverting converter by simply grounding the appropriate output rail.
The EVAL-CN0417-EBZ board connects through SMA and is powered by the bus voltage from the USB port.
Connecting the EVAL-CN0417-EBZ Board directly to the Pluto SDR input (Rx) may exceed the absolute maximum ratings for the RF Input (which is +2.5 dBm). Doing this may permanently damage the PlutoSDR input. Never do this for any reason.
We test the EVAL-CN0417-EBZ Board in this configuration, by ensuring the Tx attenuator is set to attenuation of 30dB or more. This ensures the gain of +20dB from the EVAL-CN0417-EBZ Board will not exceed the maximum ratings for the RF Input.
Never do this in normal operation.