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Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife

6/17/2014 04:25 PM EDT
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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Price
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 11:57:53 AM
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@Dave1010101: ...does it really have enough advantages to go with a single source, proprietary solution?

Everything is a ballancing act -- but Maxim is not a "fly-by-night" company -- you know they are going to be around for a long time.

There are two major advantages to this part:

a) It dramatically reduces BOM cost* and saves board real estate as compared to using a bunch of other devices.

b) It's programmable, which allows you to make "tweaks" to future-proof your system.

*I know, I know, you want to know how much they cost -- see my next comment

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Dave1010101   6/18/2014 11:47:01 AM
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Probably not the Swiss Army knife of anything but its adoption in the market will depend on price which I haven't seen yet.

It can do a lot of things but does it really have enough advantages to go with a single source, proprietary solution? This depends on the application.

 

 

 

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Re: Anti-aliasing filter?
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 10:40:29 AM
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@DrLock: Where is the anti-aliasing filter? If I have to implement it myself external to the chip, then there is no point in making the ports configurable, because I have just locked down the ADC channels.

Thsi topic did come up while I was being briefed on this little beauty -- but rather than me put words into Maxim's (metaphorical) mouth, I'll ask the folks at Maxim to respond ... watch this space.

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Re: Why the Swiss Army Knife?
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 10:38:22 AM
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@AZskibum: Why call it a Swiss Army knife, when it's not trying to be one?

Well, it's one of those chips that can do so many different things in so many different applications -- a bit like a Swiss Army Knife with one of those special attachments for extracting boy scouts from horses' hooves

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Re: Broken Swiss Army knife
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 10:35:21 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: Tried sharpening the knockoff knife. Still dull.

Stop putting yourself down -- you are not dull at all

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Re: Broken Swiss Army knife
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 10:32:15 AM
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@David: ...but I forgot to pack it  in my checked baggage and they took it off me at Johannesburg airport some years ago...

I hate it when that happens -- I've lost more knives that way -- also when I went down to the courthouse, I forgot I had a knife on my belt -- them made me hide it in the bushes outside before letting me in the building

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Re: Broken Swiss Army knife
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2014 10:30:12 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: I may actually break down and buy a real Victorinox. The knockoffs (I have two) are junk).

As they say, you get what you pay for (like my super-duper American-made Saddleback Leather Wallet vs your cheap and cheerful Italian knock-off)

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Anti-aliasing filter?
DrLock   6/18/2014 9:27:26 AM
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I saw this chip just the other day and was super excited about it. I even have an application in development where I could use it, but the MAX11300 has one major hole: Where is the anti-aliasing filter? If I have to implement it myself external to the chip, then there is no point in making the ports configurable, because I have just locked down the ADC channels.

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David Ashton   6/18/2014 3:19:11 AM
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@MB - and have you ever tried to erase the press releases from them?  I had one which even the geniuses in our IT section could not erase...

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Why the Swiss Army Knife?
AZskibum   6/18/2014 12:07:03 AM
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It looks like a nice little IC for what it is -- a configurable data converter. Why call it a Swiss Army knife, when it's not trying to be one?

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