Commitment to analog
Analog plays a critical role in today’s digital world, translating real-world signals like sight, sound, temperature and pressure into the ones and zeros of digital processing. Without analog technology, access to the digital applications that we enjoy today would not exist. And at TI, our commitment to analog runs very deep. As the market leader, TI offers the most comprehensive portfolio of analog products, from amplifiers, data converters, power management and interface chips to highly-integrated, application-specific devices. TI’s tens of thousands of analog products are helping to solve some of today’s biggest challenges in a vast range of applications, including energy, healthcare, public safety and more.
In-house analog process technology development
TI invests significantly in analog technology development and manufacturing. Maintaining these capabilities in-house best serves our customers, as foundries often do not support the volumes or highly specialized processes required. We continue to differentiate analog products cost effectively with internal technology development of proprietary process technologies that serve as the foundation of our analog products. Our broad range of process technologies deliver the faster speeds, higher precision, lower power, smaller sizes and increased functionality that allow TI’s analog engineers to develop chips that help customers to be competitive.
Some examples include:
- TI's ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM). TI's FRAM development has enabled the industry's first ultra-low-power microcontrollers based on the technology, the MSP430FR57xx series. These microcontrollers allow developers to write more than 100X faster and save as much as 250X power – making the world smarter by delivering new capabilities in products that can do more and last longer.
- TI’s LBC7 power BiCMOS technology. The high-voltage variation of this technology, LBC7HV, is used in TI’s UCC28710/11 power management controllers that offer a 700 V start-up switch that achieves less than 10 mW of "no-load" standby power in adapters used in 5- and 10-watt cube adapters used with smartphones and tablets.
- TI's HPA07 high-precision analog process. This technology is found in TI's ADS1298 family, the industry's first fully-integrated analog front ends for portable electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment. These devices combine more than 40 discrete components, reducing component count as much as 97 percent. The ADS1289 family also uses up to 95 percent less power than discrete implementations.
TI's internal development model for analog also allows close collaboration between the process technology and product design teams to develop the next generation of disruptive technologies for new markets and new products. Once a new process technology is qualified, TI also has the ability to quickly transfer many processes in parallel to other internal manufacturing sites as required to meet customer demand and deliver fast time to market.
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