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  Date: 20/06/2012

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.”

 
          
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