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8, 10-bit ADCs tout new power/bandwidth benchmark

Woburn, Mass.&#8212Kenet Inc. touts its KAD2710 8- and 10-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) as best-in-class for ultrahigh performance with extremely low power. More specifically, the KAD2710 claims sampling rates of up to 275 million samples per second (MSPS) while saving more than 45 percent of the power required by currently shipping competitive products.

“Kenet's KAD2710 ADCs will have a profound impact on the electronics industry,” said Phillip LoPresti, Kenet’s CEO. “Data acquisition, portable oscilloscopes, medical imaging, broadband communications and configurable radio systems are just a few of the applications for which this product is tailor-made. The lower power requirements will no doubt help manufacturers develop these cutting-edge products at a significantly lower cost, while maintaining top performance.”



The KAD2710 uses the company’s FemtoCharge CMOS technology to deliver what the company says is an unprecedented combination of high performance and low power consumption. The ADC manipulaties the signal as a charge instead of a voltage to reportedly eliminate traditional circuit blocks that have limited speed and performance in the past.

The KAD2710 is capable of maintaining an SNR greater than 56.5 dB with input signals up to 200 MHz and SFDR greater than 70 dBc with an 80 MHz input. It features LVDS outputs to ease connections to FPGAs, is available in a 68-pin QFN package with exposed paddle, and is specified over the industrial temperature range of -40 to +85&degC. Total power consumption is 270 mW at 275 MSPS and 235 mW at 170 MSPS.

The family includes two other 10-bit members, one operating at 210 MSPS and one at 170 MSPS. There are also three 8-bit, pin-compatible parts (KAD2708) with corresponding sampling rates.

Click here for the KAD2708 product databrief and here for the KAD2710. Click here to request download of the KAD2710's complete datasheet. Samples and evaluation boards are currently available for both the 8-bit and 10-bit products, with full production scheduled for Q4. The 10-bit, 275-MSPS KAD2710 has a unit list price of $39.99. Contact Dave Hottenstein for volume pricing details.

Kenet Inc. , 1-888-942-4501, www.kenetinc.com

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