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7 November 2008

e2v introduces industrys first reconfigurable four-channel 10-bit 1.25 Gsps analogue-to-digital converter

Building on the success of the Quad 8-bit 1.25 Gsps analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), e2v now announces the launch of its 10-bit version of this popular ADC architecture: a Quad 10-bit 1.25 Gsps. The EV10AQ190 ADC is a monolithic chip featuring four separate digitally programmable 10-bit 1.25 Gsps ADC channels, that when interleaved via an industry standard SPI (serial peripheral interface) and on-chip cross-point switch, operates either as a 4 channel 10-bit 1.25 Gsps ADC; as a dual 10-bit 2.5 Gsps ADC; or as a single channel 5 Gsps ADC.

e2v will be running live demonstrations of this new Quad 10-bit 1.25 Gsps ADC at Electronica 2008 – Munich November 11–14, 2008 – Hall A5 Stand 168.

The EV10AQ190 provides analogue and system designers with unbeatable flexibility in receiver design.  It offers a fully programmable 4-ADC architecture, easy upgrades from existing Quad 8-bit
1.25 Gsps designs and industry leading Gigahertz performance for applications such as test and measurement equipment, direct RF down-conversion, defence, satellite modems, wireless telecom and
16 Gbps point-to-point microwave links, as well as high-speed energy physics applications.

Designers of these next generation systems will enjoy the same high level of integration, flexibility and same 380 pin EBGA (Enhanced-BGA) package as the EV8AQ160 but with 10-bit resolution, 68 dBc SFDR, BER of 10-e16, channel-to-channel isolation >60 dB, extended 3 GHz analogue input bandwidth and low 1.4W/channel power consumption.

“This new ADC continues e2vâ€s commitment to providing market leading ADC performance and design flexibility for system engineers, seeking to lower costs and future-proof their designs” said Nicolas Chantier, Product Marketing Manager for e2vâ€s Broadband Data Conversion product line. “This ADC reaffirms e2vâ€s commitment to enabling designers to maximize system performance, whilst lowering system design complexity and cost”.

The EV10AQ190 is the second in the family of Quad Giga-sample ADCs; delivered in an EBGA380 RoHS package. Samples and evaluation boards are available now.

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e2v Press contact:
Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager
Phone: +33 4 76 58 30 25



e2vâ€s objective is to be a global leader in the design and supply of specialised components and sub-systems that enable the worldâ€s leading systems companies to deliver innovative solutions for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial markets.

e2v has 4 major product groups:

  •    High performance electron devices and subsystems for applications including defence electronic countermeasures, radiotherapy cancer treatment, and radar systems
  •    Advanced Imaging sensors and cameras for applications including industrial process control,  dental X-ray systems, space science  and life sciences
  •     Specialist semiconductors, including logic, memory and microprocessors for high reliability mission-critical programs in avionics, defence and telecommunications,  sensor data acquisition, and high speed data conversion
  •     A range of professional sensing products for applications including fire, rescue and security thermal imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, and military surveillance, targeting and guidance

For the year ended 31 March 2008, e2v achieved sales of £205m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  In October 2008 e2v acquired QP semiconductor, a leading US-based designer and supplier of specialty semiconductor components used in military and aerospace applications, establishing e2vâ€s first US manufacturing base.

The Company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has approximately 1800 employees in six production facilities across Europe and North America. e2v also operates a global network of sales and technical support offices, supported by local distributors and resellers.

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