The ISL55210 is a very wide band, fully differential amplifier (FDA) intended for high dynamic range ADC input interface applications. This voltage feedback FDA design includes an independent output common mode voltage control. At the lowest quiescent power (115mW), the ISL55210 offers a 4.0GHz gain bandwidth product with a very low input noise of 0.85nV/√(Hz). In a balanced differential I/O configuration, with 2VP-P output into a 200Ω load configured for a gain of 15dB, the IM3 terms are <-100dBc through 110MHz. With a minimum operating gain of 2V/V (6dB), the ISL55210 supports a wide range of higher gains with minimal BW or SFDR degradation. Its ultra-high differential slew rate of 5,600V/µs ensures clean large signal SFDR performance or a fast settling step response. The ISL55210 requires only a single 3.3V (max 4.2V) power supply with 35mA typical quiescent current. This industry-leading low current solution can be further reduced when needed using the optional power shutdown to <0.4mA supply current. External feedback and gain setting resistors give maximum flexibility and accuracy. A companion device, the ISL55211, includes on-chip feedback and three possible gain setting connections where an internally fixed gain solution is preferred. The ISL55210 is available in a leadless, 16 Ld TQFN package and is specified for operation over the -40 ºC to +85 ºC ambient temperature range.


  • Gain bandwidth product: 4.0GHz
  • Input voltage noise: 0.85nV/√(Hz)
  • Differential slew rate: 5,600V/µs
  • 2VP-P, 2-tone IM3 (200Ω) 100MHz: -109dBc
  • Supply voltage range: 3.0V to 4.2V
  • Quiescent power (3.3V supply): 115mW




  • Low power, high dynamic range ADC interfaces
  • Differential mixer output amplifiers
  • SAW filter pre/post driver
  • Differential Comms-DAC output drivers


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ISL55210 Active Balun Evaluation Platform - Part 1

This video demonstrates some wideband single ended input to differential output options using the ISL55210 Active Balun Evaluation Platform.


Today we're going to be discussing a new circuit technique that we've developed as part of our ISL55210. That's a very wide band, 4GHz fully differential amplifier that includes features internally that are unique to that device in the industry.

So we'll start today by looking at the legacy approaches of going from single differential, first starting with a fully differential amplifier, which has been an emerging component of the industry. It's been extremely useful for signal path processing and ADC driving. So here we see, a typical circuit that you would find in lots of suppliers' datasheets that are supplying high performance, fully differential amplifiers or FDAs, where we're trying to provide an input match to a source impedance, and gain from that matching input impedance, to a differential output swing.

Typically, what you'll see, is you'll see a circuit with a resister to ground. I call that RT for termination resister. We don't have to have a blocking cap for DC coupled for all these applications, but for simplicity here, we'll use a blocking cap, since we're comparing this to a balun approach which is necessarily AC coupled.

So we'll see resister to ground which is part of our input termination resistance and we'll typically see a resister going to the summing junction, then two equal feedback resisters will comprise the circuit. What we're trying to do with these elements is we're trying to get a 50ohm input match here, and then balance the divider equations going back to each side. So, you'll notice if you look at the impedance past the cut off frequency as a blocking capacitor, if you notice the impedance looking back each way, we'll see that it's matched. That's necessary for the differential balance.

But if you look at this circuit for just a moment, you wonder what's going on with this? We're trying to get a 50ohm input match, and that's clearly not the case looking at these two resisters. What's going on is with a fully differential amplifier as a single ended input signal moves up and down, the common mode voltage on the inputs have to move, to satisfy the common mode loop which is trying to hold the average voltage constant.

Internal to a part like the ISL55210, which would be our feature part today, we have a common mode reference voltage that defaults to 1.2V. This circuit incidentally is coming from our free online simulator that you can download and run any of the circuits I'm showing you today in a simulation package, available free from Renesas.

The ISL55210 has a model in that package that reflects all the features we're trying to describe today.

So, it is possible to hit a designed target. This is the solution for the resister to ground. All of these active termination kind of circuits, end up with a quadratic solution. Once you get this value having selected a feedback resister that's appropriate for the device you're using, a target gain and a source impedance that you're trying to match, this will give you the solution for the termination resister to ground. From that, you can get the other two resisters from these simple equations. If we can get rid of this resister, and just have the match going into the inverting summing junction, we'll find that the noise goes way down on this circuit which will always be the case if you don't throw a signal away into a terminating element to ground.

So let's go next just to some other ways of doing the single differential using a FDA.