LT5524 - Low Distortion IF Amplifier/ADC Driver with Digitally Controlled Gain


  • Output IP3 at 100MHz: 40dBm
  • Maximum Output Power: 16dBm
  • Bandwidth: LF to 540MHz
  • Propagation Delay: 0.8ns
  • Maximum Gain: 27dB
  • Gain Control Range: 22.5dB
  • Gain Control Step: 1.5dB
  • Gain Control Settling Time: 500ns
  • Noise Figure: 8.6dB at 100MHz (Max Gain)
  • Output Noise Floor: –138dBm/Hz (Max Gain)
  • Reverse Isolation: –92dB
  • Single Supply: 4.75V to 5.25V
  • Shutdown Mode
  • Enable/Disable Time: 1µs
  • Differential I/O Interface
  • 20-Lead TSSOP Package

Typical Application

LT5524 Typical Application
LT5524 Typical Application


The LT5524 is a programmable gain amplifier (PGA) with bandwidth extending from low frequency (LF) to 540MHz. It consists of a digitally controlled variable attenuator, followed by a high linearity amplifier. Four parallel digital inputs control the gain over a 22.5dB range with 1.5dB step resolution. An on-chip power supply regulator/filter helps isolate the amplifier signal path from external noise sources.

The LT5524’s open-loop architecture offers stable operation for any practical load conditions, including peaking free AC response when driving capacitive loads, and excellent reverse isolation.

The LT5524 may be operated broadband, where the output differential RC time constant sets the bandwidth, or it may be used as a narrowband driver with the appropriate output filter.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LT5524EFE#PBF TSSOP-20 FE E 05-08-1663 (CB) Yes
LT5524EFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 FE E 05-08-1663 (CB) Yes

LT5524 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LT5524EFE#PBF TSSOP-20 E $6.25 $4.40 Yes
LT5524EFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 E $4.50 Yes
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DC807A LT5524EFE | IF AMP/ADC DRIVER $125.00
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