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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.

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