Analog Devices

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Analog Devices, Inc.
Traded as
ISIN US0326541051  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Industry Semiconductors
PredecessorPrecision Monolithics  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Founded Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (1965)
Founders Ray Stata
Matthew Lorber
Headquarters Norwood, Massachusetts,
Key people
Vincent Roche,
CEO & President,
Raymond Stata,
Chairman of the Board
Products Semiconductors
RevenueIncrease2.svg US$ 6.2 billion (2018) [1]
Increase2.svg US$ 1.055 billion (2017) [2]
Decrease2.svg US$ 727 million (2017) [2]
Total assets Increase2.svg US$ 21.141 billion (2017) [2]
Total equity Increase2.svg US$ 10.162 billion (2017) [2]
Number of employees
15,300 [2]  (2017)

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), also known simply as Analog, is an American multinational semiconductor company specializing in data conversion, signal processing and power management technology, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. [3] [4] In 2012, Analog Devices led the worldwide data converter market with a 48.5% share, according to analyst firm Databeans. [5]

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Data conversion is the conversion of computer data from one format to another. Throughout a computer environment, data is encoded in a variety of ways. For example, computer hardware is built on the basis of certain standards, which requires that data contains, for example, parity bit checks. Similarly, the operating system is predicated on certain standards for data and file handling. Furthermore, each computer program handles data in a different manner. Whenever any one of these variables is changed, data must be converted in some way before it can be used by a different computer, operating system or program. Even different versions of these elements usually involve different data structures. For example, the changing of bits from one format to another, usually for the purpose of application interoperability or of capability of using new features, is merely a data conversion. Data conversions may be as simple as the conversion of a text file from one character encoding system to another; or more complex, such as the conversion of office file formats, or the conversion of image formats and audio file formats.


The company manufactures analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in electronic equipment. [6] [7] These technologies are used to convert, condition and process real-world phenomena, such as light, sound, temperature, motion, and pressure into electrical signals. [8]

Digital signal processing (DSP) is the use of digital processing, such as by computers or more specialized digital signal processors, to perform a wide variety of signal processing operations. The signals processed in this manner are a sequence of numbers that represent samples of a continuous variable in a domain such as time, space, or frequency.

Analog Devices has approximately 100,000 customers [9] in the following industries: communications, computer, instrumentation, military/aerospace, automotive, and consumer electronics applications. [4]


The company was founded by two MIT graduates, Ray Stata and Matthew Lorber in 1965. [10] The same year, the company released its first product, the model 101 op amp, [11] which was a hockey-puck sized module used in test and measurement equipment. [12] In 1967, the company published the first issue of its technical magazine, Analog Dialogue. [13]

Raymond Stuart Stata is an American entrepreneur, engineer and investor.

In 1969, Analog Devices filed an initial public offering [14] and became a publicly traded company. Ten years later, the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. [15]

Initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch is a type of public offering in which shares of a company are sold to institutional investors and usually also retail (individual) investors. An IPO is underwritten by one or more investment banks, who also arrange for the shares to be listed on one or more stock exchanges. Through this process, colloquially known as floating, or going public, a privately held company is transformed into a public company. Initial public offerings can be used to raise new equity capital for companies, to monetize the investments of private shareholders such as company founders or private equity investors, and to enable easy trading of existing holdings or future capital raising by becoming publicly traded.

In 1973, the company was the first to launch laser trim wafers and the first CMOS digital-to-analog converter. [11] By 1996, the company reported over $1 billion in company revenue. [16] That same year, Jerald Fishman was named President and CEO, a position he held until his death in 2013 (see below). [17] [18]

In 2000, Analog Devices's sales grew by over 75% to $2.578 Billion and the company acquired five companies including BCO Technologies PLC, a manufacturer of thick film semiconductors, for $150 million. [16] [19]

In January 2008, ON Semiconductor completed the acquisition of the CPU Voltage and PC Thermal Monitoring Business from Analog Devices., for $184 million.

By 2004, Analog Devices had a customer base of 60,000 and its portfolio included over 10,000 products. [16]

In July 2016, Analog and Linear Technology agreed that Analog would acquire Linear in an approximately $14.8 billion cash and stock deal. [20] [21]


Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with regional headquarters located in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. [22]

Analog Devices has fabrication plants located in the United States and in Ireland. The company's testing facility is located in the Philippines. Design centers are located in Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. [22]


Ray Stata and Jerry Fishman ADI notable employees.jpg
Ray Stata and Jerry Fishman

Raymond Stata is a founder of Analog Devices and was responsible for the business strategy and product roadmap. [7] [23] After founding the company in 1965, Stata served as the company's chairman of the board of directors since 1973, executive officer since 1996, CEO from 1973 to 1996 and president from 1971 to 1991. [24] In addition, Stata is also a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [24] his alma mater [23] and was awarded the IEEE Founders medal in 2003. [7] Stata received the EE Times "Lifetime Achievement" award in 2008. [25] Stata served as the chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association for the year 2011. [26]

Vincent Roche became President and CEO of Analog Devices in May 2013. He first joined the company in 1988 as a marketing director in Limerick, Ireland. [27] [28]

Barrie Gilbert was named the first Technology Fellow of Analog Devices in 1979. [29] [30] In addition, Gilbert is an IEEE Life Fellow [31] and holds over 65 patents. [29] Gilbert is best known for the "Gilbert cell" – an electronic multiplying mixer. [31] At Analog Devices, Gilbert started the company's Northwest Labs design center in Oregon and continued to work on RF products crafted with high-speed nonlinear circuit techniques. [32]

Paul Brokaw is an expert on integrated circuit design who has spent most of his career at Analog Devices, where he holds the position of Analog Fellow. [33] Brokaw is the inventor of many analog IC circuits, including the Brokaw bandgap reference and holds over 100 patents. [34] He is also an IEEE Life Fellow. [35]

Robert Adams is Technical Fellow [36] and manager of audio development at Analog Devices Inc. [36] [37] Adams holds many patents related to the audio and electronic field. [38] He is a member of the IEEE and a Fellow in the Audio Engineering Society. [39] Adams received a finalist ranking for the EDN Innovation and Innovator of the Year award in 1995. [38]


Jerald G. Fishman was the CEO and president of Analog Devices from 1996 until his death in March 2013. [40] In 2004, Fishman was named CEO of the Year by Electronic Business. He was a 35-year veteran of Analog Devices and also served on the board of directors of Analog Devices, Cognex Corporation and Xilinx.

Products and technologies

Analog Devices products include analog signal processing and digital signal processing technologies. [41] These technologies include data converters, amplifiers, radio frequency (RF) technologies, embedded processors or digital signal processing (DSP) ICs, power management, and interface products. [41]

Data converters include analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) [41] that convert electrical signal representations of real-world analog phenomena, such as light, sound, waveforms, temperature, motion, and pressure into digital signals or data, and back again. [42] Analog Devices ADC and DAC ICs are used in medical systems, scientific instrumentation, wireless and wired communications, radar, industrial process control, audio and video equipment, and other digital-processing-based systems, where an accurate signal conversion is critical. Data converters account for more than 50% of ADI's revenue. [43] ADI's companion amplifier ICs provide accurate, high-speed and precise signals for driving data converters and are key for applications such as digital audio, current sensing, and precision instrumentation. [44]

The company's data converter chips are used by National Instruments in high-precision measurement instrumentation systems. [45] Its data converters and amplifiers are also used by scientists and researchers in project "IceCube" – an underground telescope that uses digital optical modules (DOMS) to detect subatomic particles in the South Pole. [46] [47]

Power management products for customers in the industrial, wireless infrastructure and digital camera markets support signal chain design requirements, such as dynamic range, transient performance, and reliability. [48]

Interface products include a broad range of interface IC products offered by the company in product categories such as CAN (controller area network), [49] digital isolators, [50] level translators, LVDS, mobile I/O expander and keyboard Controller, USB, and RS-232. [51]

Amplifiers includes precision and operational amplifiers, [52] instrumentation, [53] [54] current sense, differential amplifiers, [55] [56] audio amplifiers, video amplifiers/buffers/filters, variable gain amplifiers, comparators, voltage, other specialty amplifiers and products for special linear functions.

Radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) [57] [58] address the RF signal chain and simplify RF system development. [59] The company's RF portfolio includes TruPwr [60] RMS power detectors and logarithmic amplifiers; PLL and DDS synthesizers; RF prescalers; variable gain amplifiers; [61] [62] [63] ADC drivers, gain blocks, LNAs and other RF amplifiers. [64]

Processors and DSP are programmable signal processing integrated circuits that execute specialized software programs, or algorithms, associated with processing digitized real-time data. Analog Devices Processors and DSPs are the Blackfin, [65] SHARC, [66] SigmaDSP, [67] TigerSHARC, ADSP-21xx and Precision Analog Microcontrollers. These make up the company's embedded processing and DSP portfolio, that are multi-DSP signal processing, [68]


Analog Devices had a line of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones until it sold that business to InvenSense in 2013. [69] Analog Devices MEMS microphones were found in smart phones, tablet PCs, security systems, and medical applications. [70] [71] ADI's MEMS accelerometers were designed into game pad controllers by Microsoft, Logitech and Pellican. [72]



Analog Devices sells linear, mixed-signal, MEMS and digital signal processing technologies for medical imaging, patient monitoring, medical instrumentation and home healthcare. [73] The company's precision signal-processing components and Blackfin digital signal processors are included in Karmelsonix's Wholter, an overnight pulmonary monitor, and the Wheezometer, a personal asthmatic assessment device. [74] Accelerometers produced by Analog Devices are included in ZOLL Medical's PocketCPR, which measures the depth of chest compressions and provides audible and visual feedback to a rescuer to allow adjustment to proper depth and to the correct rate of compression. [74]


Analog Devices develops components for safety systems, such as stability control systems and driver assistance systems, infotainment and interior applications. [75] Powertrain systems in hybrid and electric vehicles use high-precision data conversion products in battery monitoring and control systems.


Analog Devices industrial market [76] includes process control systems that help drive productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. [77] [78]


Analog Devices has technology for consumer electronics, which includes signal processing circuits for image processing, auto focus, and image stabilization for digital still cameras and camcorders, audio and video processors for home theater systems, [79] DVD recorders, and high-definition televisions and advanced touch screen controllers for portable media devices. [78]


In 2009, Databeans published its report on the top semiconductor analog suppliers. Analog Devices was named number two with other suppliers including: Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments in 2011), [80] Maxim Integrated Products, and Linear Technology (collaborating with Analog Devices since March 2017). [81] Other competitors include: Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics and Intersil Corporation. [81] In 2011, Analog Devices was the third ranked analog semiconductor supplier. [82]

Analog Dialogue

In 1967, Analog Devices first published Analog Dialogue . [83] Dan Sheingold took the position of editor two years later, which he held for over four decades. [84] [85] The current editor is Scott Wayne. [85] It is currently the longest-running in-house publication in the electronics industry. [86]

Analog Dialogue is a forum for the exchange of circuits, systems, and software for real-world signal processing and is the technical magazine published by Analog Devices. [86] It discusses products, applications, technology, and techniques for analog, digital, and mixed-signal processing. Analog Dialogue is published monthly on the Web. The featured technical articles are also compiled in quarterly print editions.



In 2009, Analog Devices announced EngineerZone, an online technical support community. [87] EngineerZone was launched so the design engineering community (customers, prospects, partners, employees and students) can ask questions, share knowledge and search for answers to their questions in an open forum. [87]


Analog Devices circuits from the labreference circuits are engineered and tested for quick system integration to help solve design challenges ranging from common to complex. Reference circuits are smaller, modular designs that are more broadly applicable than application-specific reference designs.

Each reference circuit is documented with test data, theory of operation, and component selection decision criteria. In addition, reference circuits are tailored to meet real-world system integration needs and may also include board layout schematics, CAD tools models, device drivers, and evaluation hardware. [88]


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