With a 100 MHz, 0 dBm signal applied to the spectrum analyzers input and the SignalVu-PC settings set to 100 MHz center frequency, 40 MHz span, the signal at the ADC input looked like this:
So indeed, 140 MHz is our strongest peak. 20 dBc lower is a 28 MHz peak. Before taking the picture I of course tried a large span to make sure that there aren’t any relevant signals at a lower frequency. So the next test uses a 105 MHz signal still at 0 dBm.
So indeed, it seems that the LTC2261-14 samples the 140 MHz IF directly. How you ask? The answer is undersampling. The ADC is actually sampling at 112 Msamples/s. As a result, it sees an alias of the 140 MHz signal at 28 MHz. That’s all the magic happening here.
This probing expedition also yielded some pretty pictures that I would like to share. Enjoy!