Evaluation Kit characterizes 8-bit ADC.

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Designed to sample high-speed signals, BATBOARD allows early silicon characterization of 8-bit ADC using single-chip ROBIN device fabricated on 65 nm CMOS technology. Two delay matched channels with greater than 15 GHz bandwidth are each sampled at 56 GSa/s by ROBIN chip. Captured 8-bit ADC signals are stored on-chip in memory, allowing data access at low speed via USB. Several trigger options are available enabling capture of transient events such as data edges and glitches.



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Fujitsu Introduces Evaluation Kit for 56GSa/s 8-Bit CHAIS ADC Technology



Langen, Germany, 24th February 2009 - Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) today announces an evaluation kit (BATBOARD) for its ultrafast ADC IP based on the revolutionary CHArge-mode Interleaved Sampler technology (CHAIS). The BATBOARD allows early silicon characterisation of a two-channel 56GSa/s 8-bit ADC using the single-chip ROBIN device (the first customer evaluation silicon for CHAIS technology) fabricated on Fujitsu's standard 65nm CMOS technology.

The BATBOARD achieves a unique level of performance for the sampling of high-speed signals for evaluation purposes and is ideal for prototyping next generation test and measurement systems. Two delay matched channels with >15GHz bandwidth are each sampled at 56GSa/s by the ROBIN chip. The captured 8-bit ADC signals are stored on-chip in memory, allowing data access at low speed via USB. Several trigger options are available enabling the capture of transient events such as data edges and glitches. Low loss material, suitable for lead-free assembly in high-reliability applications, has been used in the multi-layer PCB design, providing superior signal integrity.

"With the BATBOARD our customers can gain early access to our leading-edge ADC technology with an easy-to-use demonstrator that helps them solve the difficult problems of high-speed signal acquisition," said Neil Amos, Director of the Communications Business Unit at FME. "The evaluation kit allows customers to prototype new high-end test systems, optical front-ends with breakthrough performance levels and enables them to do forward looking research."

The BATBOARD evaluation kit contains everything needed to get started including evaluation board, single-ended to dual-channel differential signal splitter, PC-USB interface and software. It is offered in two versions with the ROBIN chip either soldered to the PCB or mounted in a high bandwidth socket.

Availibility

The BATBOARD with a 2-channel 56GSa/s 8-bit ADC in Fujitsu's CS200 65nm process technology will be available in Q2/2009. The evaluation kit will be shown to customers for the first time during the OFC Conference in San Diego at the end of March 2009.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the networking, mobile telephony, automotive, digital TV and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to mixed-signal, communication, microcontrollers, graphics controllers, multimedia ICs, ASIC products and software development, work closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers' system development requirements. This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP, building blocks and software.

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