Norwood, MA and Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. (06/20/2012) - Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) and TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced a collaboratively developed analog process technology platform for precision analog integrated circuits (ICs).
The new process technology platform significantly improves analog performance for a number of devices, including A/D and D/A converters, power management devices, and audio coders/decoders that are widely used in consumer, communication, computer, industrial, and automotive applications. Performance enhancements achieved with the 0.18 micron, 5-volt process include an order of magnitude noise improvement, a 70 percent lower standby leakage current, a 50 percent improvement in linearity and a 50 percent better capacitor and resistor matching.
Recently introduced ADI products developed with the new platform include isolated CAN (control-area network) transceivers; a HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) modem IC; an ECG (electrocardiogram) AFE (analog front-end); a series of digital potentiometers, and an audio codec.
TSMC’s 0.18-micron, BCD process supports a range of operating voltages and provides cost-effective operation with a minimal footprint and a high degree of energy efficiency. It lends itself to many computer, industrial and consumer applications.
“The close, long-term technology relationship between Analog Devices and TSMC has enabled the development of this new industry-leading analog technology platform,” said David Robertson, vice president, Analog Technology, Analog Devices. “The combination of an optimized 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.”
“ADI has worked with TSMC since the 0.6-micron and 0.35-micron analog processes,” said Rick Cassidy, president, TSMC North America. “Our collaboration on this important, new platform demonstrates the ADI/TSMC commitment to specialty technology development, and the great number of applications these improved products will enable.”
TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry segment’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company’s managed capacity in 2011 totaled 13.22 million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFAB™ facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC’s wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China, and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 28nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit http://www.tsmc.com .
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.