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Analog Devices Press Release - May 27, 2010

ADI's 5 GHz Differential Amplifier Drives Gigasample ADCs
on Just 60 mA of Quiescent Current

ADI’s ADA4960-1 differential amplifier is industry’s first to drive 1-GHz data converter signals with 8-bit linearity

Visit Analog DevicesFuntional Block DiagramNORWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in high-performance signal processing and leading provider of amplifier and data conversion technologies, introduced today the industry’s first 5-GHz differential amplifier able to drive ADC (analog-to-digital converter) signals from DC to 1 GHz at half the power of competing products. The ADA4960-1 differential amplifier is a high-performance, low-distortion, ultra-high-speed differential amplifier effective for a wide variety of high-speed ADCs with 10-bit linearity to 500 MHz and 8-bit linearity up to 1 GHz. The ADA4960-1 differential amplifier can drive a wide variety of ADCs, such as Analog Devices’ AD9626 12-bit ADC and the AD9211 10-bit ADC.

The ADA4960-1 differential amplifier (data sheet) consumes just 60 mA of quiescent current when operating up to 1 GHz. The amplifier features a 8,700 V/μs (volts per microsecond) slew rate (AV = 6 dB, 2-V step) and wideband, low-distortion performance for frequencies up to and beyond 1 GHz, which make it effective for RF (radio frequency) and IF (immediate frequency) wired communications applications in industrial and instrumentation, defense electronics and aerospace designs. The user accessible gain adjust and bandwidth extension features allow configuration of the ADA4960-1 for line driver and channel equalization applications.

For more information, visit For information on ADI’s differential amplifier design tool, visit

ADA4960-1 Differential Amplifier Key Features and Benefits

*  −3 dB bandwidth of 5 GHz (AV = 6 dB)
*  Single resistor programmable gain: 0 dB to 18 dB
*  Differential or single-ended input to differential output
*  Low harmonic distortion (HD2/HD3 @ AV = 6 dB)
     −88/−69 dBc @ 250 MHz
     −77/−66 dBc @ 500 MHz
     −73/−72 dBc @ 1 GHz
     −63 dBc IMD3 @ 1 GHz
*  Slew rate:
      8,700 V/μs (AV = 6 dB, 2-V pk-pk output)
*  Fast settling time of 1 ns to 1% and overdrive recovery of 10ns.
*  5-V single-supply operation
*  0.1 gain flatness to 300 MHz

Availability and Pricing

Product Sample
Price Each
Per 1,000
ADA4960-1 NOW -40°C - +105°C $6.99 3 mm x 3 mm
16-Lead LFSCP

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About Analog Devices, Inc.

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest-standing, highest-growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data-conversion and signal-conditioning technologies, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits for analog- and digital-signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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Posted 5/30/2010

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