Norwood, MA (11/27/2012) - Analog Devices, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADI), the leading provider of data conversion technology* and longtime collaborator to the medical imaging industry, today introduced a highly integrated digital X-ray analog front end (AFE) with the industry’s lowest noise performance in multiple power-mode options, and the highest image quality. The 256-channel ADAS1256 digital X-ray AFE is the industry’s first single-chip solution to integrate the complete charge-to-digital conversion signal chain by incorporating low-noise programmable-charge amplifiers, correlated double-sampling circuitry, and 16-bit A/D converters. With a noise figure of an equivalent charge of 560 electrons at a 2-picocoulomb full-scale range, the ADAS1256 enables high resolution digital X-ray images while reducing patient exposure to X-ray dose. The ADAS1256 has multiple functional power modes ranging from 1-mW/channel to 3-mW/channel, allowing manufacturers to address a wide range of digital X-ray modalities including portable radiology and mammography as well as high speed fluoroscopy and cardiac imaging.
“Thanks to the ultra-low-noise profile and dynamic range of the ADAS1256, digital X-ray technology will continue to deliver better diagnostic image quality and reduce radiation dosage applied to patients compared to existing digital X-ray systems,” said Pat O’Doherty, vice president, healthcare group, Analog Devices. “By achieving this level of performance while adhering to a strict power budget, the ADAS1256 digital X-ray AFE provides medical equipment designers with a single device that serves the growing high-performance requirements of the portable digital X-ray market.”
The ADAS1256 is a 256-channel, simultaneous sampling, high dynamic range, low power analog front end that is a complete charge-to-digital conversion signal chain. It incorporates 256 low noise integrators, low pass filters, and correlated double samplers that are multiplexed into a high speed, 16-bit, analog-to-digital converter (ADC). All converted channel results are output on a single LVDS (low-voltage differential signaling) self-clocked serial interface. The ADAS1256 can be programmed using an SPI-compatible daisy-chain serial interface. It is delivered on a high density system-on-flex (SOF) package and can be directly mounted on a digital X-ray panel.
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The ADAS1256 is compatible with the ADP7104 and ADP1708 low dropout linear regulators, ADP1828 synchronous, step-down dc-to-dc controller, ADR444 voltage reference, ADCLK846 LVDS/CMOS fanout buffer and ADXL345 MEMS digital accelerometer.
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* Analog Devices, Inc. leads the worldwide data converter market with a 48 percent share, according to industry analyst firm Databeans, Inc. in its market research report titled “2011 Data Converters.” Analog Devices’ 48 percent share is larger than the combined market share of the nearest eight competitors.
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