4/24/2003 - Electronic Design News (EDN) magazine announced at an awards banquet in San Francisco that two products and an analog engineer from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) were chosen as winners of its 2002 "Innovation/Innovator of the Year" awards competition. While TI's dual-core OMAP5910 took home the DSP award, the THS4302 wideband fixed gain amplifier won the Analog ICs semiconductors category - signifying TI's commitment to deliver truly unique engineering products that continue to provide innovation and that meet customers' high performance, real world signal processing requirements. Receiving the award for "Innovator of the Year" was Dr. Badih El-Kareh for his role in the development of TI's BiCom-III process technology.
OMAP5910 is unique to the marketplace as the first heterogeneous processor (combining a RISC-based microprocessor and a DSP) developed and targeted for broad multimedia-rich applications, including biometrics, web pads, gaming consoles, personal medical instrumentation and point-of-sale terminals. Combining in a single device TI´s TMS320C55xTM DSP core and the TI-enhanced ARM925TM microprocessor, the OMAP5910 processor optimizes the performance of both real-time, processing-intensive tasks and control functions. Performing both tasks with a RISC processor compromises performance. However, combining an ARM processor (suited to orchestrating command and control) with a DSP (ideal for computation-intensive signal processing tasks) optimizes system performance, as the system allocates specific tasks to the most appropriate device. (www.omap.com)
The first product in a new family of high-performance fixed gain amplifiers, the THS4302 increases speed three times over comparable devices. With high speed and low distortion, the device is well suited for driving high-resolution data converters for a wide dynamic range in digital signal processing. Manufactured using TI's new BiCom-III process, the high amplifier bandwidth benefits wireless infrastructure equipment, such as base stations and relay stations, with more channel capacity and wider bandwidth packed into less space. As well as being an attractive alternative to radio frequency (RF) amps, the THS4302 class AB operational amplifier (op amp) allows advanced semiconductor test equipment to keep pace with future generations of high-performance products that are now in development. Additional product designs, such as variable-gain and differential amplifiers, high-speed ADC and read-channels, are now making use of this new technology.
About Dr. Badih El-Kareh
Dr. Badih El-Kareh led the team that developed TI's BiCom-III process technology - the industry´s first complementary bipolar silicon-germanium (SiGe) process. The development required several novel features to meet the needs of high-performance analog applications. The process is the first to integrate both NPN- and PNP-type bipolar transistors to take advantage of the exceptionally high speeds of SiGe. The complementary bipolar transistors enable op amp and high-performance mixed-signal product designs to increase speed up to three times while reducing noise by as much as one half. Devices designed with the process operate much faster, over wider operating ranges, and with greater precision than comparable products.
EDN's exclusive awards program is dedicated to honoring truly outstanding and innovative engineering products in the electronics industry each year. EDN technical editors selected TI from hundreds of entries, and winners were determined by a public vote on EDN's Web site. Winners were announced at an awards banquet on April 22 in San Francisco, and will be featured in a special section of EDN's May 1 issue.
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