ADI has eliminated Class I and Class II ozone-depleting chemicals (ODCs) in all of its incoming raw materials to prevent the release of ozone depleting substances with reference to the “Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.” We also source materials that do not contain substances that are restricted in countries where our products are used - for example, by the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS or China RoHS), Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH), or End of Life (ELV) Directive. ADI has established a corporate compliance review board to ensure ongoing preparedness and conformance with legislation and customer requirements. ADI lead-free products are RoHS-compliant. The status of ADI lead-free and RoHS-compliant products is posted here.
To address our commitment to operate in compliance with all EH&S regulations, ADI maintains a regulatory register at each of its operating facilities. In addition, we have a program to evaluate our EH&S compliance status. The regulatory compliance management system is both internally audited and externally certified by an independent third party. Government agencies also routinely inspect our facilities for compliance with regulatory requirements. Employees receive EH&S training and participate in prevention and risk control activities associated with their work and formalized within the EH&S management system.
Analog IC technology has been the foundation of ADI’s business for over four decades. The principal advantages of these products have included lower cost per function, smaller size, lower power consumption, and fewer components resulting in improved reliability. All of these attributes are common needs for customers seeking to sell more sustainable products.
Our data converters remain our largest and most diverse product family representing close to 50% of our revenue. We sell over 2,000 different converters to thousands of customers. One of the latest products in this area is the ADuCM360, which incorporates a microcontroller, two high-accuracy analog to digital converters (ADCs), multiple sensor channels, and self-programming. This allows a remote sensor station or instrument to operate independently, capturing and transmitting data on demand, or when inputs change, for months on a lithium camera battery.
As part of this new trend for peripheral products to control their own power needs, the AD5755 is an industrial transmitter DAC (digital to analog converter) that adjusts its own power-loading in response to external inputs and loading. Many products have had power-down pins for some time, but this loads the system controller. Devices of this type can handle power control on their own.
In energy management, our products address the challenges of converting electrical energy parameters—an analog phenomenon—into digital format for measurement, monitoring, control, and communications purposes. Our energy metrology solutions integrate converters and fixed-function digital signal processing and are in over 250 million energy meters used worldwide. Likewise, our RF transceivers enable the secure and robust transmission of energy consumption data for smart grids. Whether the product is plugged into the wall or runs on batteries, every electronic device requires some form of power management. We leverage our analog signal technology to devise innovative high performance power management ICs, high reliability infrastructure equipment, and battery-operated portable medical, communications, and consumer devices. One key aspect of this is monitoring of the power grid for protection during dynamic loading and major fault situations. The AD7606/08 is designed for and being deployed as a monitor of leading fault indicators to enable the grid to take corrective action before major faults begin to propagate.
We have brought out a series of products that will work at elevated temperature levels up to 200°C and beyond. The ADXL206 motion sensor and the AD8229 instrumentation amplifier are two early examples of products that allow companies doing deep geological exploration to design more sophisticated, longer-lasting instrumentation packages to reduce the cost and improve the results of operations in this area. These products can also be used in high-temperature industrial environments without the need for energy-consuming cooling systems for the control systems. We continue to expand this area to give designers more options.
ADI has collaborated with automotive manufacturers to improve the safety, emissions, and energy consumption of cars and trucks. We are helping manufacturers design the safer, environmentally friendly, and enjoyable vehicles that customers are demanding. ADI gyroscopes sense the angular rate of change and are an enabling innovation making possible anti-rollover and other active driver-assisted safety systems.
To support new product designs, in conjunction with TSMC, we embarked on a project to develop a 180nm process specifically for analog IC products. It gives us small geometries, which provides high speed operation at lower power. The process also has high voltage options so that we can design industrial-grade products with higher accuracy, but again at lower power. The third capability is a digital option providing high-density logic to incorporate analog and digital functions onto a more compact chip, simplifying end-user designs. Products on this process are now in initial production.
In support of our research and development activities, ADI employs thousands of engineers involved in product and manufacturing process development at design centers and manufacturing sites located throughout the world.
Our product lines and research are summarized in our Form 10-K and our Annual Report.