SAN FRANCISCO—Analog semiconductor vendor Advanced Linear Devices Inc. (ALD) announced the next generation of the company's EPAD architecture, the core technology in the company's precision CMOS devices.
EPAD technology, which has been developed in the past 10 years and deployed in millions of devices, has evolved to the next level, allowing for more precise and lower power circuit applications, according to ALD (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
The new technology allows for on-chip and off-chip programming techniques to set fundamental device parameters previously unheard of in the entire industry by precisely setting the threshold voltages of on-chip MOSFET devices, according to the company. This will enable an entire new family of low voltage nano-power MOSFET products as well as other circuits that ALD plans to announce in the second half of the year, the company said.
"ALD’s new EPAD technology adhere to industry-standard CMOS technology and was able to simultaneously reduce power consumption, improve on precision and lower circuit function cost," said Bob Chao, CEO and president of ALD, in a statement. "The precision trimming technology provides us with the ability to dramatically improve device features and performance to give designers the ability to create and improve their designs at a more economical cost point."
EPAD is an acronym for electrically programmable analog device.
New ALD product families utilizing the new EPAD architecture are planned for release starting in the fourth quarter, ALD said.