Analog Devices Inc. EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board

Analog Devices Inc. EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board provides a demonstration platform for the ADF4401A System in Package (SiP) Translation Loop Module. The highly-integrated ADF4401A includes a Voltage-Controlled Oscillator (VCO) and calibration Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) circuit. Designed for highly jitter-sensitive applications, this device reduces board space and complexity compared to traditional discrete translation loop solutions designed on a printed circuit board (PCB).    

The EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board includes a pre-installed Analog Devices Inc. ADF4401A System in Package (SiP) Translation Loop Module, along with a Phase Frequency Detector (PFD), an active loop filter, power supply connectors, and SMA connectors.

The EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board requires the SDP-S (System Demonstration Platform-Serial) Controller Board (EVAL-SDP-CS1Z), which is not supplied with the kit. The SDP-S Controller Board is based on a USB to Serial Engine providing connectivity to a PC via a USB 2.0 high-speed port. The Analog Devices Inc. EVAL-AD5413SDZ interfaces to the USB port of a PC via the SDP-S Board. The Analysis, Control, Evaluation (ACE) Software allows simplified programming of the ADF4401A.


  • Designed to work with the SDP-S Controller Board (EVAL-SDP-CS1Z)
  • 5MHz loop filter
  • 32kB EEPROM
  • 6V banana-plug power supply input
  • 8x SMA connectors
  • 120-pin small-footprint connector
  • PC software for control of SiP functions
  • On the board:
    • ADF4401A SiP in an 80-terminal LGA_CAV package
    • HMC3716 Phased Frequency Detector
    • ADG1609 4-Channel Multiplexer
    • ADM7150 LDO Voltage Regulator
    • LT6200 Operational Amplifier

ACE Software

Analysis, Control, Evaluation (ACE) is a desktop software application that allows the evaluation and control of multiple evaluation systems from across ADI’s product portfolio. The application consists of a common framework and individual component-specific plug-ins.

Download the ACE Software from Analog Devices Inc.

Required Equipment

  • Windows PC with USB port
  • ACE Software and ADF4401A plug-ins 
  • EVAL-SDP-CS1Z (SDP-S) Controller Board (not provided in the EV-ADF4401ASD2Z kit)
  • 6V power supply
  • Signal source analyzer or spectrum analyzer
  • Low noise REF_PF source (50MHz to 1GHz)
  • Low noise LO source (3GHz to 9GHz)
  • REFP source (10MHz to 500MHz)
  • 50Ω terminators

Board Layout

Analog Devices Inc. EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board

Setup Example

Analog Devices Inc. EV-ADF4401A Evaluation Board
Published: 2021-03-05 | Updated: 2022-03-11