Trends in Broadband Converters and the Quest for the Software Defined System


Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, 6-8pm
Title: Trends in Broadband Converters and the Quest for the Software Defined System (co-sponsored by Circuits ans Systems Society SCV-CAS)
Location: Jack Gifford Event Center at Maxim Integrated Headquarters, 160 Rio Robles, San Jose, CA (Register here)


The concept of a “software defined radio”, “software defined instrument” or any “software defined” system is to move all the signal processing functions into the digital/software domain, thereby making the system highly reconfigurable. The principle is simple enough, but actually realizing workable systems is challenging, since the performance demands on the data converters can be daunting, not only in bandwidth, but in dynamic range. This talk will explore some of the progress that has been made over the last 15 years, with perspectives on both the driving applications and how converter technology has advanced in an effort to meet the applications challenges.


David H. Robertson has been with the Data Converter group of Analog Devices since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1985. He has worked on a wide variety of high speed D/A and A/D converters on complementary bipolar, BiCMOS and CMOS processes. He has held positions as a Product Engineer, Design Engineer, and Product Line Director and VP of Analog Technology, working with product development teams in the US, Ireland, Korea, Japan, and China. Dave is presently the Product and Technology Director for ADI’s High Speed Converter group.
Dave holds 15 patents on converter and mixed signal circuits, has participated in two “best panel” International Solid State Circuits Conference evening panel sessions, and was co-author of the paper that received the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits 1997 Best Paper Award. He served on the ISSCC technical program committee from 2000 through 2008, chairing the Analog and Data Converter subcommittees from 2002 to 2008.


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