Teledyne e2v has released its most advanced analog-to-digital converter (ADC) — the EV12AQ600. This new ADC can operate as a single-, dual- or quad-channel device and includes a radiation-tolerant version, making it the first quad-channel ADC suitable for space applications.
Customers can design systems that operate the EV12AQ600, independently or synchronized, in quad-channel at 1.5 GSPS, dual-channel at 3 GSPS or single-channel at 6 GSPS, while only having to qualifying one ADC. This makes the EV12AQ600 highly capable and customizable, suitable for ultra-wideband microwave backhaul, data acquisition and test and measurement.
The EV12AQ600 is the first 12-bit ADC to feature a cross-point switch (CPS), which allows the device to operate its four cores simultaneously, independently or paired to assign its 6 GSPS sampling speed across the user's desired channel count. This flexibility allows system designers to develop advanced systems on the ground and, for the first time, design with a quad-channel ADC for space applications using the rad-tolerant version.
In addition to multi-channel CPS functionality, the EV12AQ600 contains the proven chain synchronization feature seen in some of Teledyne e2v's most recent data converters. This allows it to meet the growing trend of increasing channel counts in large phased-array and MIMO systems.
The EV12AQ600 has been designed as part of the INTERSTELLAR project, a consortium led by Teledyne e2v and supported by Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Defence and Space and the Fraunhofer Institute. The project is helping to bridge the gap between the analog RF world and the digital world by developing the most advanced data converters.
Nicolas Chantier, marketing director of Data & Signal Processing Solutions at Teledyne e2v, said "The team has combined our design and packaging expertise to offer a C-Band capable ADC which packs all our best features into a device that measures just 16 mm x 16 mm. Its outstanding performance combined with the multi-channel CPS capability and chain synchronization feature make it a highly versatile ADC for most applications. The fact that it will have a rad-tolerant version makes it the only quad-channel ADC for space applications."
The first public demonstration will be held at AMICSA, June 18-20 in Leuven, Belgium.