Mixed Signal & Analogue

While digital electronics tends to get more than its fair share of coverage, analogue electronics remains the technology that makes things happen. It’s the interface between the real world and the 1s and 0s of the digital domain.

The range of technologies falling into the analogue domain is wide; everything from data conversion to amplification to switches. Like electronics in general, analogue products are getting more complex as device developers look to integrate more functionality. Recognising this, manufacturers have started to develop more capable design tools to support engineers.

Because analogue design is so important, New Electronics covers all aspects of the technology regularly.

Buffered 18bit octal A/D converter

The LTC2358-18, an 18bit, 8channel simultaneous sampling successive approximation register (SAR) A/D converter from Linear Technology – now part of Analog Devices – features integrated picoamp input buffers.

Circuit protection controller

A circuit protection controller from Linear Technology has been developed to ensure safe voltage and current levels for 2.5V to 60V electronics in battery-powered automotive, industrial and portable systems. According to the company, the LTC4368 replaces fuses, transient voltage suppressors and discrete circuitry, shielding electronics from overcurrent and over, under and reverse voltages.

Time-to-digital converter offers ultra-accurate measurements

ams has launched a new version of its time-to-digital converter (TDC), which is said to offer improved speed and precision together with low power consumption. The TDC-GPX2 also features standard low voltage differential signalling, serial peripheral interfaces, and smaller 9mm x 9mm QFN64 package.

Nano-power op amp boosts sensing accuracy

With its 1.2 x 1.3mm outline and typical current of 900nA, the TSU111 nano-power op amp from STMicroelectronics is said to help cut the size and energy needs of analogue circuits in a range of applications. These include medical monitors, wearable electronics, gas detectors, pH sensors, infrared motion sensors, and payment tags.

Nanopower op amps maximise battery and sensor life

Texas Instruments (TI) claims to have introduced the first precision nanopower operational amplifiers. With up to 60% lower power consumption than competitive precision op amps and offset voltage as low as 300µV, the family of op amps extends battery and sensor life for applications such as building automation, wired and wireless sensor nodes, and wearables.

On-board repeater to improve on-train communications

A digital on-board repeater from Cobham Wireless is said, by the company, to offer high-bandwidth in-carriage services for the railway communications market, enabling passengers to connect to 4G, 3G and 2G services in the most challenging of environments.

36V op amp features low voltage noise precision

The LT6018, a precision op amp from Linear Technology, features 30nV peak to peak 0.1Hz to 10Hz noise and 50µV max input offset voltage. Designed especially for low frequency noise applications, the LT6018 has a 1/f corner frequency of less than 1Hz. The low input offset voltage is maintained over the operating temperature range and the input common mode range. Open loop gain is typically 142dB, enabling the device to achieve less than 1ppm nonlinearity.

32bit SAR A/D has additional no latency output

A high precision 32bit successive approximation register (SAR) A/D converter from Linear Technology is said to simplify hybrid conversion system design by providing a 32bit low noise digitally filtered output as well as a 14bit 1Msample/s no latency output. According to the company, since these outputs are generated from a single 32bit SAR A/D core, their accuracy and speed are matched, even as the operating temperature, supply and stress vary.

Rad tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier

A radiation tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier (in-amp) featuring an integrated differential A/D converter driver has been introduced by Intersil. The ISL70617SEH differential input, rail-to-rail output device is said to deliver the industry’s highest signal processing performance for low level sensor telemetry data.

Reinforced isolated amplifier

A reinforced isolated amplifier has been introduced by Texas Instruments (TI). According to the company, the AMC1301 has the highest reliability, lowest power consumption, highest DC accuracy and improved overall efficiency compared to competitive devices.

Op amp for precision apps

A low power dual op amp from Silego is said to be suited to precision consumer and industrial applications. Called the SLG88101, the part comes in a 2 x 2mm STDFN and is intended for use as a higher performance analogue front end for the company’s GPAK families.

Industry’s first PMICs for smart TVs and set-top boxes

Dialog Semiconductor has released a range highly integrated PMICs for smart TVs and set-top-boxes. The advent of media streaming services has also created new products such as video streaming sticks and personal media boxes in which the PMICs could also be used.

Ethernet bridge solution for automotive applications

Toshiba's Semiconductor & Storage Products Company has announced an automotive-grade Ethernet bridge solution for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and other automotive applications. The TC9560XBG supports standards such as IEEE 802.1AS and IEEE 802.1Qav, generally referred to as Ethernet-AVB. The Ethernet-AVB standard enables stable, reliable multimedia transmissions, making it suitable for IVI and telematics.

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