Three Ways High-Speed Converter Innovation is Changing our World

Blog Post created by HighSpeedMkt Employee on Jul 12, 2017

Full disclosure: I’m in the high-speed converter business helping Analog Devices to write the next chapters on Signal Conversion.


A new generation of high speed converters engineered to exploit deep sub-micron CMOS technology and proprietary architectures is poised to provide industry-leading performance in critical high-dynamic range parameters.


Here are three ways they’ll be driving the next wave of gigahertz bandwidth, software-defined systems.


1. Making 5G Come Alive

From car-to-car communications to watching the big game on your handheld device, you’ll want the speed and immediate response time promised by the 5G network. A key to putting the power of 5G into the hands of people everywhere will be using high-speed 28nm analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) in both base station applications and 5G connectivity equipment.


Analog Devices has a long history of developing high speed converters—including the new 12-Gsps 16-bit RF DAC, and 3-Gsps 14-bit RF ADC.


  1. Keeping Us Safe

With growing unrest in hotspots around the globe, threat monitoring and detection are more important than ever. All-digital phased array radars are dramatically enhancing our capability to identify and mitigate risks to our security. High-speed RF ADCs from Analog Devices are pushing the state-of-the art in analog input bandwidth and dynamic range for pipeline converters, while also delivering significant reductions in size, weight, and power (SWaP). These innovative products are enabling all-digital phased array radars to be added to existing aircraft and ships, making our world safer.


  1. Delivering a Better Television Experience

Game of Thrones. Stranger Things. Atlanta. There’s a lot of great TV out there to enjoy. And to do that, people are demanding that their broadband and wireless service operations provide higher quality, always-on data, and video streaming. The AD9162 DAC delivers unprecedented bandwidth and dynamic range, enabling ultra-high-definition (UHD) and 4K television across more channels at extraordinary streaming and download speeds— bringing the future of TV into homes for all of us to enjoy.


There’s a lot more to look forward to when it comes to high-speed converters. Follow the EngineerZone Spotlight for more blog posts in the future.