Analog Devices Introduces Advanced Circuits for Industrial and Instrumentation Applications


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) 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 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, 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 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, Ireland and the Philippines. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange 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.



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