�Whatever the application area � audio, industrial, medical, or anywhere else that analog interfaces are required � now there�s another good reason to try FPAAs,� said Bill McLean, CEO at Anadigm�. �More than ever, designers owe it to themselves to experience all the benefits of software-controlled analog, from ease of design to the introduction of new capabilities made possible by dynamic reconfiguration.�
Anadigm� FPAAs are being used by a wide range of customers to replace discrete components and ASICs in real-world interfaces, where the devices greatly reduce the length of design cycles while bringing analog functions under digital control. Dynamically reconfigurable FPAAs allow on-the-fly, real-time control of analog functions by the microprocessor in an embedded system, giving the designer the flexibility to implement new features such as auto-ranging and auto-calibration, and also to have the device change functionality sequentially over time to support multiple operating modes. Statically reconfigurable FPAAs require a reset before reloading a new configuration bitstream.
The AnadigmVortex development system includes AnadigmDesigner�2 CAD software and a development board that provides a simple mechanism for evaluation, debugging, and initial test of an FPAA. With its small footprint, the board can even be used for prototyping in some cases.
Development board features include an AN221E04 FPAA with header pins, a serial interface, four uncommitted external op-amp circuits, a 16-MHz oscillator module, and a large breadboard area for building customer-specific interface circuitry. Multiple boards can be daisy-chained, allowing designers to evaluate multi-FPAA systems.
While the development board is supplied with an AN221E04 FPAA, designers can use the board with the latest version of the AnadigmDesigner�2 software and any FPAA in the AnadigmVortex family.
The AnadigmVortex development system is available for order now at http://www.anadigm.com/products.asp. Pricing for the FPAA family of silicon products ranges from $3.15 to $7.69 in 10,000-piece quantities.
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Anadigm� brings platform-based design to the analog world with prequalified software and hardware components that allow complex analog circuits to be implemented in an analog equivalent to the FPGA. Designed to implement signal conditioning, filtering, data acquisition, closed-loop control, and other analog functions in a wide range of embedded systems, Anadigm� FPAAs are the first programmable analog ICs that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental conditions, or compensate for aging equipment. Founded in January 2000 as a venture-backed technology spinoff from Motorola, Anadigm� maintains U.S. headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., and European headquarters in Crewe, UK. For further information, visit Anadigm� on the Web at http://www.anadigm.com.
Anadigm� and AnadigmDesigner� are registered trademarks of Anadigm�. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.
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