Analog Devices Introduces Advanced Circuits for Industrial and Instrumentation Applications.
NORWOOD, Mass. -- - New data converters, op amps and voltage references are optimized for noisy environments where operating voltages can exceed 30 V, while highly integrated intelligent sensors simplify design of industrial tools and machinery.
Analog Devices Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) is an American multinational producer of semiconductor devices. Analog specializes in ADC, DAC, MEMS, and DSP chips for consumer and industrial goods. Analog is presently designing circuits in the 65 nanometer to 3 µm process feature sizes range. Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and the market leader in data conversion technology and amplifier ICs, is introducing its latest wave of solutions, including data converters, amplifiers, voltage references and a new family of smart sensing devices, designed to meet the unique signal conditioning Imagine feeding the output of a temperature sensor, which is in millivolts, to an Analog-to-digital converter to be processed. Is it possible for the Analog-to-Digital converter to process such a minute voltage amplitude? The answer is probably no. requirements of industrial and instrumentation equipment. By addressing the particular performance needs of high-voltage industrial systems operating in electrically noisy environments, the new data converter, amplifier and voltage reference components -- enabled by ADI's patented high-voltage manufacturing processes -- feature reduced power consumption, cost and package size to simplify system development and free up board space for the inclusion of new product features. The new family of smart sensors, meanwhile, is based on ADI's existing iMEMS(R) (integrated Micro Electromechanical The use of electricity to run moving parts. Disk drives, printers and motors are examples. Electromechanical systems must be designed for the eventual deterioration of moving components that wear over time. The first TVs were electromechanical systems (see video/TV history). Systems) technology coupled with a novel, advanced integration technique. The new sensors deliver breakthrough performance and programmability to simplify the design of factory automation controls, platform monitoring systems and other motion-sensitive industrial tools and machinery.
"Analog Devices tailored the development of each new product to address specific performance challenges confronting industrial and instrumentation equipment designers. For example, the new data converters, amplifiers and voltage references use ADI's proprietary iCMOS(TM) and iPolar(TM) high-voltage analog semiconductor manufacturing processes to resolve a growing gap between the needs of industrial equipment, where operating voltages often exceed 30 V, and portable consumer and communications devices, where supply voltages are continuously declining," said Dick Meaney, vice president, Precision Signal Processing See DSP. group, Analog Devices. "At the same time, ADI's new iSensor(TM) smart sensors were designed with the recognition that today's industrial systems increasingly require an application-specific, highly integrated yet low-cost means of reliably detecting and measuring vibration, linear and angular movement and other forms of motion."
New Data Converters, Amplifiers, and Smart Sensors
The following products are being introduced today:
--Programmable PulSAR(R) analog-to-digital converters: The new 16-bit AD761x and 18-bit AD763x PulSAR analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) eliminate the need for expensive level shifting and gain stages in front-end analog circuitry through the innovative addition of software selectable input ranges. By leveraging ADI's patented iCMOS(TM) industrial process technology, the new SAR (Segmentation And Reassembly) The protocol that converts data to cells for transmission over an ATM network. It is the lower part of the ATM Adaption Layer (AAL), which is responsible for the entire operation. See AAL.
SAR - segmentation and reassembly (successive-approximation register) ADCs allow for the selection of unipolar unipolar /uni·po·lar/ (u?ni-po´ler)
1. having a single pole or process, as a nerve cell.
2. pertaining to mood disorders in which only depressive episodes occur. input voltage ranges of 0 to 5 V and 0 to 10 V, and bipolar input voltage ranges of +/-5 V and +/-10 V 'on the fly' - with zero data latency. The result is a dramatic reduction in component costs and board space requirements for industrial applications, such as data acquisition and process control systems used in factory automation. Clocking at speeds up to 750 kSPS, devices in the 16-bit AD761x series offer up to a 6-fold improvement in sampling rate performance over existing programmable ADCs, while the AD763x ADCs allow more precise signal conversion at 18 bits of resolution. The combination of functionality, performance and a 50 percent smaller footprint available at half the price of competing products is unprecedented in a SAR ADC (1) See A/D converter.
(2) (Apple Display Connector) A peripheral connector from Apple that combines digital video display, USB and power in one cable. . For more information, visit www.analog.com/AD7610 and www.analog.com/AD7631.
--JFET-input operational amplifier and voltage references: The new JFET See FET.
JFET - Junction Field Effect Transistor (junction field effect transistor (electronics) Junction Field Effect Transistor - (JFET, Junction FET) A Field Effect Transistor in which the conducting channel lies between pn junctions in the silicon material. A pn junction acts as a diode, so it becomes conductive if the gate voltage gets reversed. )-input op amp (operational amplifier) and a new family of voltage references have been optimized to provide designers of industrial and instrumentation systems extremely high-precision performance, ultra small size and very low power consumption, saving board space and improving circuit layout flexibility at a cost lower than competing devices. Well suited for use as a reference buffer, active filter and level shifter, the ADA Ada, city, United States
Ada (ā`ə), city (1990 pop. 15,820), seat of Pontotoc co., S central Okla.; inc. 1904. It is a large cattle market and the center of a rich oil and ranch area. 4000-1 op amp offers the best precision performance of any component in its class, with 80 percent lower input bias current and 50 percent lower offset voltage. Manufactured on ADI's iPolar(TM) trench isolation process technology, the ADA4000-1 consumes 75 percent less power and is available in a TSOT-23 package 75 percent smaller than the closest competing op amp. The high precision and dc accuracy of the ADA4000-1 enable exact measurement and control functions in equipment that requires the highest accuracy, such as patient monitoring and data acquisition and safety systems. For more information, visit www.analog.com/ADA4000-1.
The ADR ADR - Astra Digital Radio 12x family of low-power voltage references combines high precision and low-voltage operation within a TSOT-23 package, making it the perfect companion chip for data converters in handheld and battery-powered industrial and medical instrumentation equipment. The devices feature the lowest temperature drift performance (9 ppm per degree C) over the extended industrial temperature range (-40 degrees C to +125 degrees C)--a 10 percent improvement over competing devices--and require very little supply current, only 85 microA, for operation. This improvement in precision within a small footprint is optimized by the trimming efficiencies of the Analog Devices' iPolar process technology. For more information, visit www.analog.com/ADR12x.
--iSensor(TM) intelligent sensors: The flagship of a new sensor product family from Analog Devices, the ADIS ADIS Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule (DSM IV)
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ADIS Agricultural Data Interchange Syntax (ISO 11787 standard) 16201 iSensor intelligent motion sensor leverages a patent-pending advanced integration process that combines a dual-axis MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) Tiny mechanical devices that are built onto semiconductor chips and are measured in micrometers. In the research labs since the 1980s, MEMS devices began to materialize as commercial products in the mid-1990s. accelerometer accelerometer
Instrument that measures acceleration. Because it is difficult to measure acceleration directly, the device measures the force exerted by restraints placed on a reference mass to hold its position fixed in an accelerating body. , a digital temperature sensor, power management circuitry and embedded firmware. This system-in-a-package approach results in a small, cost-effective, easy-to-use sensor solution that provides fully calibrated cal·i·brate
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1. To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument): digital outputs for motion and inclination measurements to make reliable sensing circuitry more accessible and affordable for designers of industrial systems. The combination of functionality is ideal for industrial applications, such as platform stabilization, machine vibration detection, and motion and positioning measurement. The new smart sensors include application-specific programmable power-management options, while a self-calibration feature, combined with multiple, easy-to-use, on-chip programming options and an industry standard SPI (1) (Stateful Packet Inspection) See stateful inspection.
(2) (Service Provider Interface) The programming interface for developing Windows drivers under WOSA. (serial port interface), significantly reduces the cost and time associated with system-level sensor integration. For more information, visit www.analog.com/ADIS16201.
About ADI's iCMOS and iPolar Processes
The result of significant, multi-year R&D investments, both the iCMOS and iPolar processes enable a new category of high-performance analog components able to operate in electrically noisy, high-voltage environments such as process controls, factory automation systems, control loops, and other industrial electronic equipment.
The iCMOS process combines the performance benefits of a complementary bipolar process, the efficiency of CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes. (complementary metal oxide semiconductor See CMOS.
(integrated circuit) Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor - (CMOS) A semiconductor fabrication technology using a combination of n- and p-doped semiconductor material to achieve low power dissipation. ) and high-voltage capability. Prior to this introduction, industrial designers considering an analog CMOS process were forced to add significant levels of signal conditioning, signal biasing and external op-amps to their systems. Under those conditions, manufacturing technologies capable of handling 30 V ranged up to 5.0 micron -- an order of magnitude A change in quantity or volume as measured by the decimal point. For example, from tens to hundreds is one order of magnitude. Tens to thousands is two orders of magnitude; tens to millions is three orders of magnitude, etc. greater than the 0.6-micron line widths achievable through iCMOS. ADI's iCMOS process is also able to fully isolate components from the substrate or each other, meaning that a single chip can mix-and-match 5-V CMOS with higher voltage 16-, 24- or 30-V CMOS circuitry, and with multiple voltage supplies running to the same chip.
The iPolar trench isolation process is a stable, high-voltage manufacturing methodology that replaces the bulky diffusion layers of traditional bipolar processes with a deep trench technique that dramatically increases transistor density and performance. This combination allows the development of products with significantly enhanced functionality while fitting into reduced package sizes. The iPolar process yields precision linear ICs that enhance analog signal processing Analog signal processing is any signal processing conducted on analog signals by analog means. "Analog" indicates something that is mathematically represented as a set of continuous values. This differs from "digital" which uses a series of discrete quantities to represent signal. , while the sub-micron 30-V iCMOS process is used to manufacture highly integrated mixed-signal devices. These new processes extend ADI's analog and mixed-signal circuit design breakthroughs into the high-voltage realm, giving industrial instrumentation customers access to the most advanced data converter, amplifier and sensor components.
Analog Devices in Industrial
Analog Devices has a 40-year heritage of working in concert with its customers in the industrial manufacturing industry to define, develop and deploy complete signal chain solutions that are optimized for their applications. ADI's legacy of supporting the industrial sector's long product life cycles with multi-year manufacturing commitments is augmented by the company's educated sales force, knowledgeable field applications engineers and advanced design support tools that include evaluation boards and SPICE models.
For more information about the Analog Devices iPolar or iCMOS industrial manufacturing processes and products, please visit http://www.analog.com/iCMOS and http://www.analog.com/iPolar.
About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the most long-standing, high-growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers around the world, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing See DSP.
Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled). applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,900 people worldwide. The company has 30 product design centers around the world and manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. , Ireland and the Philippines. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City. under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.
iSensor, iPolar and iCMOS are trademarks and iMEMS and PulSAR are registered trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc.