- Analog Devices, Inc announced today the company has developed a low-power generation of its
industry-leading TxDAC® transmit digital-to-analog converters (DACs). Optimized to the requirements of
communications, industrial instrumentation and portable applications that require high-speed performance with the
lowest power consumption, Analog Devices’ AD970x family reduces power dissipation by up to 70 percent over
previous DAC offerings. As a transmit-quality converter, the AD970x family is ideal for applications that need to
synthesize broadband signals efficiently—from handheld radios to portable instruments.
n addition, the AD970x family integrates an on-chip voltage reference and Rset and Rload
resistors, lowering component count and bill of materials costs. The devices also feature common mode shift
capability, minimizing the need for level-shifting circuitry when interfacing with other analog components. This
level of integration, the first of its kind for transmit path data converters, simplifies analog design and reduces
printed circuit board area for smaller portable designs.
“Analog Devices’ TxDAC products
have become the de facto industry standard for transmit path DACs,” said Dave Robertson, product line director
of the High-Speed Converter Group at Analog Devices. “These new devices are pin compatible with previous
generations of the TxDAC family, enabling designers to take advantage of the dramatic decrease in power dissipation
without the need for a costly re-design. The AD9707 family is the latest of a series of new products from ADI
focused on lowering overall system cost without performance compromise. It provides the signal path solution while
our nanoDAC™ family provides low power DACs for level setting and control applications.”
More about the AD970x
The AD970x family supports update rates at 175 MSPS (mega samples per second) – an
operating rate four times that of its nearest competitor with similar power dissipation – and is comprised of
four products: the flagship AD9707 14-bit DAC; and the AD9706, AD9705 and AD9704, which are 12-, 10-, and 8-bit
DACs, respectively. The family features best-in-class spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of 86 dBc and
intermodulation (IMD) of 70 to 50 MHz.
All of the devices offer outstanding ac and dc
performance and share the same interface, small outline package and pin-out, providing an upward or downward
component selection path based on performance, resolution, and cost.
The AD9707 has a flexible power
supply operating range from 1.7 V to 3.6 V. At 3.3 V, the AD970x family dissipates 35 mW of power and at 1.8 V
dissipates 12 mW. Its power dissipation can be further reduced by 15 mW by lowering the full-scale current output.
Sleep and power down modes reduce dissipation to 5 mW for low-power idle periods.
The devices are
available in 28-lead TSSOP (thin-shrink small-outline plastic package) and 32-lead LFCSP (lead-frame chip-scale
package) packaging. The devices in the LFCSP packaging include an optional SPI (serial peripheral interface), which
provides a higher level of programmability, and an adjustable output common mode feature that enables the TxDAC to
easily interface to other components that require common modes greater than 0 V. The AD9707 is also
self-calibrating, allowing it to achieve greater accuracy and true 14-bit INL (integral nonlinearity) and DNL
(differential nonlinearity) performance.
Pricing and Availability
The AD970x family
is sampling now with production quantities available in October 2005. Pricing for the family ranges from $2.75 to
$5.75 in 1,000-unit quantities, depending on resolution. The devices are supported by an evaluation board and two
development tools: the high-speed DAC Pattern Generator (DPG), which provides digital data for ADI’s DAC
evaluation boards, and VisualDAC™, an integrated development and debugging environment.
ADI’s Data Conversion Technology: Critical Bridge Between Analog and
Analog Devices is the world leader in data conversion technology. ADI’s longstanding
leadership in data conversion technology stems from an engineering culture that emphasizes deep understanding of the
customer’s system challenge, aggressive research and development investment and unmatched mixed-signal design
expertise. From application-specific solutions designed to lower system cost to the broadest selection of speed,
accuracy, size and power consumption in DACs and ADCs, Analog Devices provides the products, technology and support
customers need to successfully bridge between real-world analog signals and the digital world of electronic
equipment. ADI’s data converters are used widely in consumer electronics, broadband and wireless
communications, instrumentation, automotive systems, industrial equipment and medical electronics, as well as a host
of other emerging market applications.