On Semi outsources ADC design to Ridgetop

On Semi outsources ADC design to Ridgetop

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Both ADCs will operate at 30 megasamples per second. One ADC will have a resolution of 14 bits and the other will have a resolution of 16 bits and be radiation-hardened.

These ADC intellectual property (IP) blocks will be included in focal plane array that On Semi is developing for the U.S. air force. Work on the Staring Technology for Enhanced Linear Line-of-sight Angular Recognition (STELLAR) program was funded in part by the Air Force Research Laboratory under contract number FA8650-12-3-5504.

The STELLAR focal plane array will be implemented in On Semi’s 180nm CMOS image sensor process. On Seii will also offer the focal plane array for use in other space and military applications and other applications requiring radiation tolerance, such as nuclear power plants.

"These challenging new ADCs, built on the foundation of our InstaCell library of analog and mixed-signal IP, will give On Semiconductor the high performance it requires while meeting the demands of space-based operation for the STELLAR program,” said Andrew Levy, Ridgetop Group’s vice president of business development, in a statement.

In the same statement Thad Smith business manager for On Semi’s image sensor business unit said Ridgetop Group has particular expertise in designing advanced data converters.

Ridgetop was founded in 2000 by Doug Goodman, previous a designer of flight control systems at Honeywell, to develop advanced tools, IP libraries, and design services for mission-critical applications operating in harsh environments including extremes of temperature and radiation. Ridgetop has designed high speed CMOS and SiGe ICs and digital-to-analog converters (DAC) for a range of equipment from MP3 players to laser range finders.

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