Analog Devices and TSMC Collaborate on New Analog Process Technology Platform

June 21, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Analog Devices, Inc. announced a collaboratively developed analog process technology platform for precision analog integrated circuits (ICs).

The new process technology platform significantly improves analog performance for a number of devices, including A/D and D/A converters, power management devices, and audio coders/decoders that are widely used in consumer, communication, computer, industrial, and automotive applications. Performance enhancements achieved with the 0.18 micron, 5-volt process include an order of magnitude noise improvement, a 70 percent lower standby leakage current, a 50 percent improvement in linearity and a 50 percent better capacitor and resistor matching.

Recently introduced ADI products developed with the new platform include isolated CAN (control-area network) transceivers; a HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) modem IC; an ECG (electrocardiogram) AFE (analog front-end); a series of digital potentiometers, and an audio codec.

TSMC’s 0.18-micron, BCD process supports a range of operating voltages and provides cost-effective operation with a minimal footprint and a high degree of energy efficiency. It lends itself to many computer, industrial and consumer applications.

"The close, long-term technology relationship between Analog Devices and TSMC has enabled the development of this new industry-leading analog technology platform," said David Robertson, vice president, Analog Technology, Analog Devices. "The combination of an optimized process along with circuit and architecture innovation is key for our high-performance converter and linear products. This TSMC process provides a valuable addition to ADI’s process technology portfolio."

"ADI has worked with TSMC since the 0.6-micron and 0.35-micron analog processes," said Rick Cassidy, president, TSMC North America. "Our collaboration on this important, new platform demonstrates the ADI/TSMC commitment to specialty technology development, and the great number of applications these improved products will enable."

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