IQ Analog rolls out an 8-channel analog front end IC

San Diego, Calif.—After three years of development, IQ Analog has unveiled an 8-channel, low power analog front end IC for multi-channel applications such as MIMO radios.

IQ Analog's IQA F430 measures 30mW per channel vs. 300mW per channel for existing market offerings, according to the company. It also offers a small die size. The 8 way F430 is 16mm², about 40% the size of comparable 2-channel AFEs, according to IQ Analog.

The IQA F430 AFE is characterized by 8 independent 12-bit 80-Msps A/D converters and 8 independent 12-bit 20-MHz bandwidth D/A converters for the main signal paths and 8 auxiliary 12-bit 300-Ksps A/D converters and 8 auxiliary 12-bit 300-Ksps D/A converters for ancillary functions. The F430 is currently fabricated in a 130nm CMOS process; the company plans to move to 65nm before the end of 2008.

Pricing: For a fully enabled octal A/D converter-D/A converter, the price is $95; derivative configurations (i.e 4 channel, 2-channel etc.) could range as low as $25.
Availability: Early November for 130nm CMOS; 65nm CMOS targeted for early February 2009.
Datasheet: Click here.

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