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ADI tool enables designers to simulate ADC performance

Posted: 04 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has launched its ADIsimADC software design tool that allows systems designers to simulate ADC performance, speeding the evaluation and design process.

The software is available as a free download from the company website and is being demonstrated for the first time during ADI's Data Converter Seminar series. This seminar is currently being held in 42 cities in North America, with Europe and Asia being targeted later this year.

ADI explained that system engineers typically design a system based on product specification sheets and then implement a test board to confirm system performance. With the ADIsimADC software design tool, designers can now reduce risk during the system design phase by running simulations across various system parameters and architectures.

Based on a proprietary behavioral modeling technology used in the company's design labs, the ADIsimADC software design tool allows rapid comparison between ADCs operating at various conditions of temperature, supply voltage, and full-scale input range. With it, system designers can test their designs earlier in the process, helping to prevent mistakes at the system level. The software design tool also provides detailed performance variation in ac and dc performance parameters for the desired operating conditions that determine if an ADC will actually meet the system goals. The designer can then validate the system design by using the evaluation board for a specific converter.

"As designers look for new ways to surmount the challenges of shorter design cycles and tighter resources, systems modeling tools can offer a huge competitive advantage," said Brad Brannon, staff applications engineer for high-speed converters at ADI. "The ADIsimADC software design tool brings us one step closer to providing customers with the ability to model real converters in their system simulations, thus reducing overall system risk and time to market."

Used within ADI's ADC Analyzer, a software package that allows the customer to capture ADC data and review performance using a real evaluation board, the new design tool is developed to run on any Windows-based PC platform. It currently supports most of ADI's newest high-speed ADCs, with additional models to be added over time.

The ADIsimADC also is offered within the ADC USB FIFO evaluation kits, which is also available free of charge.

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