Faraday Announces High-Performance IQ ADC/DAC IP Solutions for Wireless Communications in 55nm

Hsinchu, Taiwan, 11 Jan., 2011 -- Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035) today announced its 55nm 12-bit 80MSPS IQ analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and IQ digital-to-analog converter (DAC) IPs. These IPs have been silicon proven, targeted at the baseband-RF interface of LTE, WIMAX, CDMA, and WLAN communication systems for both handset and infrastructure equipment.

The ADC/DAC IPs are becoming critical to communication and networking ASICs, and Faraday's newly-launched solution not only reaches a superior maximum sampling frequency of 80 MHz, but also delivers the 12-bit resolution capability. The IQ ADC adopts the pipelined architecture, fit for a wide range of high-resolution applications, and a single-clock input to control all internal conversion cycles. Further, the IQ ADC comes with digital calibration function for digital error corrections. The IQ DAC is a current-steering type with segmented architecture of seven thermo codes plus five binary codes. It is designed to minimize the glitch energy and DNL, thus provides excellent dynamic performance.

"As a turnkey service provider, Faraday designs the 12-bit 80MSPS IQ ADC/DAC IPs from both chip and system perspective," said Y.K. Tseng, Associate Vice President at Faraday. "Consisting of AFE or MIMO AFE with an auxiliary-ADC, an auxiliary-DAC, and a PLL, our solution is a great fit for communication applications. Besides, to minimize the system-BOM cost, we adopt approaches such as size-optimized LDO as part of the AFE sub-system, use reference-circuits that do not require off-chip capacitors, and design the ADC input interface directly onto RF chips. These IPs will effectively help our customers to achieve competitive costs," he added.

Availability
The 12-bit 80MSPS IQ ADC/DAC is available at UMC 55nm logic SP/RVT Low-K process.
To speed up customer's system development Faraday also provides a complete design kit, which includes datasheet, application note, silicon validation report, physical design database, behavioral model, LVS netlist, timing model, and evaluation board.

About Faraday Technology Corporation

Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading fables ASIC and silicon IP provider. The company's broad silicon IP portfolio includes I/O, Cell Library, Memory Compiler, ARM-compliant CPUs, DDRI/II/III, MPEG4, H.264, USB 2.0/3.0, 10/100 Ethernet, Serial ATA, and PCI Express, etc. Headquartered in Taiwan , Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. Faraday is listed in Taipei Stock Exchange, ticker 3035. For more information, please visit: www.faraday-tech.com




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