Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, is expanding its extensive family of digital isolation products with a series of four-channel devices that isolate both data and power. Each device integrates ADI’s iCoupler digital isolation technology and ADI’s proprietary isoPower[tm] dc-to-dc converter, providing both isolated power and isolated signal channels within a single package. The ADuM540x iCoupler digital isolators with isoPower are a better choice over discrete solutions, such as optocouplers with external dc-to-dc converters, because their small 10 mm × 10 mm surface mount packages can reduce board space by up to 70 percent and cut costs by as much as 50 percent. In addition, the ADuM540x devices come with safety pre-approvals, allowing designers to realize faster design times as compared to discrete-based solutions, which require time-consuming safety approvals that can delay time-to-market.
“Delivering 500 mW of isolated power in a small, surface mount package, the ADuM540x products enable customers to put more channels of isolation into space-constrained designs at reduced cost,” said Ronn Kliger, product line director, Digital Isolation Products, Analog Devices. “For example, industrial control designers can now increase the number of isolated data ports in a single control module without increasing the size of the module, even though each port requires its own isolated power supply. With alternate solutions, such as optocouplers and separate, isolated dc-to-dc converters, the control module would need to increase in size and would not be backward compatible with installed industrial control systems.”
The on-board isoPower isolated dc-to-dc converter provides up to 500 mW of regulated, isolated power and can operate at either 5.0-V or 3.3-V. A version with two channels (ADuM520x) and a version that features only the isoPower isolated power supply (ADuM5000) will be released later this year.
With more than 150 million channels deployed throughout the industry, ADI’s proven iCoupler technology is based on chipscale transformers, rather than on the LEDs and photodiodes found in optocouplers. Transformers can support higher data rates and lower power consumption, and are more stable over life as compared to LEDs and photodiodes. By fabricating the transformers directly on-chip using wafer-level processing, iCoupler channels can be integrated with each other and other semiconductor functions at low cost. iCoupler transformers are planar structures formed from CMOS and gold metal layers. A high breakdown polyimide layer underneath the gold layer insulates the top transformer coil from the bottom. CMOS circuits connected to the top coil and bottom coil provide the interface between each transformer and its external signals. For more on ADI’s iCoupler digital isolation technology, please visit www.analog.com/icouplerisolation5-08.
isoPower[tm] DC-to-DC Converter
iCoupler digital isolators condition and drive data across transformers. ADI’s isoPower dc-to-dc converter uses the same chipscale transformer technology, but instead of transmitting data, isoPower employs switches, rectifiers, and regulators to generate power that is isolated to the same degree as the data channels. For more on ADI’s technique for isolating power, please visit www.analog.com/isopoweroverview5-08.
Availability and Pricing
The ADuM540x family of four-channel digital isolators, including the ADuM5401, ADuM5402, ADuM5403 and ADuM5404, are available now, and the ADuM5400 will be available in July 2008. Housed in a 16-lead wide-body SOIC (small-outline integrated circuit) package, the ADuM540x family is priced at $5.00 per unit in 1,000-unit quantities. The ADuM520x family and ADuM5000 are priced at $4.08 and $3.16, respectively, per unit in 1,000-unit quantities. These devices will be available in July 2008. For more information, visit www.analog.com/pr/ADuM540x, www.analog.com/pr/ADuM520x or www.analog.com/pr/ADuM5000.
About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the most long-standing, high-growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers around the world, representing virtually all types of electronics equipment. Celebrating more than 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices, Inc. is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,900 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, and the Philippines. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and ADI is included in the S&P 500 Index.
iCoupler is a registered trademark and isoPower is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.