The MAX19791 dual general-purpose analog voltage variable attenuator (VVA) is designed to interface with 50Ω systems operating in the 50MHz to 4000MHz frequency range. The device includes a patented control circuit that provides 23dB of attenuation range (per attenuator) with a typical linear control slope of 8dB/V.
Both attenuators share a common analog control and can be cascaded together to yield 46dB of total attenuation range with a typical combined linear control slope of 16dB/V (5V operation).
Alternatively, the on-chip 4-wire SPI-controlled 10-bit DAC can be used to control both attenuators. In addition, a step-up/down feature allows user-programmable attenuator stepping through command pulses without reprogramming the SPI interface.
The MAX19791 is a monolithic device designed using one of Maxim's proprietary SiGe BiCMOS processes. The part operates from a single +5V supply or alternatively from a single +3.3V supply. It is available in a compact 36-pin TQFN package (6mm x 6mm x 0.8mm) with an exposed pad. Electrical performance is guaranteed over the -40°C to +100°C extended temperature range.