TSMC and ADI collaborate on new analog
process to make precision ICs
Analog Devices (ADI) and TSMC have collaborated in developing
analog process technology platform for precision analog
integrated circuits (ICs).
ADI says 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, according to ADI.
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.
“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.”