ANALOG DEVICES EXTENDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESOURCES WITH WEBCAST SERIES TO HELP ENGINEERS SHARPEN FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN SKILLS; SERIES BEGINS WITH SENSORS

ADI’s new 12-part ‘Fundamentals of Designing with Semiconductors’ online training series provides engineers with insights into common signal processing design challenges; series starts in January with Sensors and How to Use Them.

Norwood, MA (01/10/2011) - Today's fast-paced electronics design environment is placing a premium on the ability of engineers to rapidly adapt to changing customer product requirements without compromising quality, cost or time-to-market. The specialized nature of most product designs also means that engineers are in constant need of education and training resources that are comprehensive, easy-to-access and address real-world signal processing design challenges. Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in semiconductors for high-performance signal processing applications, is helping engineers keep pace with the rapidly evolving industry by expanding its online educational offerings to include a new series for engineers seeking a better understanding of the basics of signal processing design essentials.

The monthly "Fundamentals of Designing with Semiconductors for Signal Processing Applications" webcast series premieres on January 12 with Sensors and How to Use Them, presented by David Kress, a veteran analog applications engineer and currently the director of technical marketing for ADI.

During the webcast, Dave will review the concepts of physical signals and explore why and how they must be changed into analog electrical signals, and how they can be processed for the highest reproduced accuracy.

"The education, training and technical support that today's engineers are seeking is as varied as their product designs," said David Robertson, vice president, Analog Technology, Analog Devices. "Whether they are expert, intermediate, or just getting started with a new technology, engineers know that design optimization isn't just about silicon and using a search engine to find a part; it requires continuous learning to successfully solve design challenges in today’s fast paced, resource constrained world. For more than 45 years, ADI has been an engineering resource to help make it easier for our customers to get their jobs done. We're pleased to add yet another educational option for our customers with the introduction of the Fundamentals webcast series."

Fundamentals Webcast Series

The Fundamentals webcast series is offered monthly throughout 2011 and covers signal chain design challenges from signal capture to conditioning, conversion and processing. Each is followed by a Q&A with a technical expert.

  • January: Sensors and How to Use Them - This webcast reviews the concepts of physical signals and explores why and how they must be changed into analog electrical signals, and how they can be processed for the highest reproduced accuracy.
  • February: The Op Amp – This webcast explores the difference between voltage-feedback and current-feedback amplifiers, when to choose one or the other, understanding offset and trim and other specifications that impact operation and how to maximize amplifier efficiency.
  • March: Beyond the Op Amp – This webcast examines when to use various amplifiers and how to select them. Op amps are the most common building block, but there are many other amps that are better suited for certain applications and circuits, such as the difference amp, instrumentation amp, log amp, and others.
  • April: Converters, Part 1, Understanding Sampled Data Systems
  • May: Converters, Part 2, Digital-to-Analog Converters
  • June: Converters, Part 3, Analog-to-Digital Converters
  • July: Powering Your Circuit
  • August: RF – Making Your Circuit Mobile
  • September: Fundamentals of DSP/Embedded System Design
  • October: Challenges in Industrial Design
  • November: Tips and Tricks for Laying Out Your PC board
  • December: Final Exam – Ask Analog Devices

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest 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, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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Editor's Contact Information:

Sue Martenson
(781) 937-1989

sue.martenson@analog.com

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