Profile: Analog Devices Inc (ADI.OQ)
24 Apr 2014
Analog Devices, Inc. (Analog Devices), incorporated on January 18, 1965, is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of a range of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits (ICs). The Company has focused on solving the engineering challenges associated with signal processing in electronic equipment. The Company's signal processing products play a fundamental role in converting, conditioning, and processing real-world phenomena such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion into electrical signals to be used in a wide array of electronic devices. As new generations of digital applications evolve, new needs for analog signal processing and digital signal processing (DSP) technology are generated. In November 2013, Analog Devices, Inc completed the sale of the assets of its microphone product line to InvenSense, Inc.
The Company produces a wide range of products , including data converters, amplifiers and linear products, radio frequency (RF) ICs, power management products, sensors based on micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and other sensors, and processing products, including DSP and other processors that are designed to meet the needs of a broad base of customers. The Company designs , manufacture and market a broad lines of high-performance ICs that incorporate analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing technologies. The Company's ICs are designed to address a wide range of real-world signal processing applications. The Company's product portfolio includes both general-purpose products used by a broad range of customers and applications, as well as application-specific products designed for specific clusters of customers in key target markets. By using readily available, high-performance, general-purpose products in their systems, the Company's customers can reduce the time they need to bring new products to market. Given the high cost of developing more customized ICs, the Company's standard products often provide a cost-effective solution for many low to medium volume applications. However, for some industrial, automotive, consumer, and communications products, the Company focuses on working with customers to design application-specific solutions.
The Company is a supplier of data converter products. Data converters translate real-world analog signals into digital data and also translate digital data into analog signals. Data converters remain the Company's diverse product family and an area where the Company is continuously innovating to enable its customers to redefine and differentiate their products. The Company's converter products combine sampling rates and accuracy with the low noise, power, price and small package size required by industrial, automotive, consumer, and communications electronics.
The Company is a supplier of high-performance amplifiers. Amplifiers are used to condition analog signals. High performance amplifiers emphasize the performance dimensions of speed and precision. Within this product portfolio the Company provides precision, instrumentation, high speed, intermediate frequency/RF, broadband, and other amplifiers. The Company also offers a portfolio of precision voltage references that are used in a wide variety of applications.
The Company's analog product line also includes a broad portfolio of high performance RF ICs covering the entire RF signal chain, from stand-alone RF function blocks such as phase locked loops, frequency synthesizers, mixers, modulators, demodulators, and power detectors, to integrated broadband and short-range single chip transceiver solutions. The Company's high performance RF ICs support the high performance requirements of cellular infrastructure and a broad range of applications in the Company's target markets.
The Company's analog technology portfolio are products that are based on MEMS technology. This technology enables the Company to build extremely small sensors that incorporate an electromechanical structure and the supporting analog circuitry for conditioning signals obtained from the sensing element. The Company's MEMS product portfolio includes accelerometers used to sense acceleration, gyroscopes used to sense rotation and inertial measurement units used to sense multiple degrees of freedom combining multiple sensing types along multiple axes. In addition to the Company's MEMS products, its other analog product category includes isolators that enable designers to implement isolation in designs without the cost, size, power, performance, and reliability constraints found with optocouplers.
The Company's isolators have been designed into hundreds of applications, such as universal serial bus isolation in patient monitors, where it allows hospitals and physicians to adopt the latest advances in computer technology to supervise patient health and wirelessly transmit medical records. In smart metering applications, the Company's isolators provide reliable electrostatic discharge performance that helps reduce meter tampering. Likewise, in satellites, where any malfunction can be catastrophic, the Company's isolators help protect the power system while enabling designers to achieve small form factors.
Power management & reference products make up the balance of the Company's analog sales. Those products, which include functions such as power conversion, driver monitoring, sequencing and energy management, are developed to complement analog signal chain components across core market segments from micro power, energy-sensitive battery applications to efficient, high performance power systems in infrastructure and industrial applications.
Digital Signal Processing Products
Digital Signal Processing products (DSPs) complete the Company's product portfolio. DSPs are optimized for high-speed numeric calculations, which are essential for instantaneous, or real-time, processing of digital data generated, in cases, from analog to digital signal conversion. The Company's DSPs are designed to be fully programmable and to efficiently execute specialized software programs, or algorithms, associated with processing digitized real-time, real-world data. Programmable DSPs are designed to provide the flexibility to modify the device's function quickly and inexpensively using software. The Company's general-purpose DSP IC customers typically write their own algorithms using software development tools provided by the Company and third-party suppliers.
The Company's DSPs are designed in families of products that share common architectures and therefore can execute the same software across a range of products. The Company supports these products with easy-to-use development tools, which are designed to reduce its customers' product development costs and time-to-market. The Company's customers use the Company's products to solve a wide range of signal processing challenges across its core market and segment focus areas within the industrial, automotive, consumer and communications end markets. As an integrated part of the Company's customers' signal chain, there are typically many other Analog Devices products connected to its processors including converters, audio and video codecs and power management solutions.
The Company competes with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Linear Technology Corporation and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
Analog Devices Inc
One Technology Way
NORWOOD MA 02062