20 June 2012 ADI, TSMC develop precision 0.18µm analogue process Dave Robertson, vp analogue technology, ADI Analog Devices has worked with TSMC to develop a 0.18µm analogue process technology platform for precision analogue integrated circuits. The collaboration represents the continuation of a relationship that started at the 0.6µm technology node. The new process technology platform is said to provide a 'significant' improvement in analogue performance for devices such as a/d and d/a converters, power management devices and audio coders/decoders. According to the companies, the 5V process brings an order of magnitude improvement in noise performance, a 70% reduction in standby leakage current, a 50% improvement in linearity and 50% better capacitor and resistor matching. "The close, long term technology relationship between Analog Devices and TSMC has enabled the development of this new analogue technology platform," said David Robertson, pictured, vp of analogue technology with Analog Devices. "The combination of an optimised 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." Recently introduced ADI products developed for the new platform include isolated CAN transceivers; a HART modem IC; an ECG analogue front end; and a series of digital potentiometers. Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article Websites http://www.analog.comhttp://www.tsmc.com Companies Analog DevicesTSMC Europe BV This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.