Kenet Introduces Industry’s Most Advanced ADC Products

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Kenet Inc., has introduced a family of 8- and 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) products that combine ultra-high performance with extremely low power. The flagship product – the KAD2710 – sets a new industry standard by operating at sampling rates of 275 million samples per second (MSPS) while saving more than 45% of the power required by currently shipping competitive products.

Kenet Inc., a developer of revolutionary low-power analog mixed-signal products, today formally introduced a best-in-class family of 8- and 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) products that combine ultra-high performance with extremely low power. The flagship product – the KAD2710 – sets a new industry standard by operating at sampling rates of 275 million samples per second (MSPS) while saving more than 45% of the power required by currently shipping competitive products. The KAD2710 provides electronic designers and manufacturers the ideal product for meeting the power and portability needs that continue to drive the industry.

“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.”

Kenet has demonstrated the KAD2710 for several OEMs, one of whom is Link Instruments of Fairfield, NJ, which designs and manufactures PC-based test instruments. “We are getting the high performance we need at a power level much lower than the industry has been able to deliver, until now,” said John Yeh, president, Link Instruments. “We are very excited to be leveraging this new power/performance point that Kenet is launching for the industry.”

Kenet developed the KAD2710 using the company’s FemtoCharge® CMOS technology, an innovative new analog signal-processing method that delivers an unprecedented combination of high performance and low power consumption. This method provides a unique ADC architecture that is fabricated with standard foundry CMOS processes. By manipulating the signal as a charge – instead of a voltage – the ADC eliminates traditional circuit blocks that have limited speed and performance in the past.

The FemtoCharge® process used in the KAD2710 is a result of more than ten years of research and development that has resulted in 20 patents. This innovative analog-to-digital conversion technology developed by Kenet founder Dr. Gerry Sollner and others at MIT Lincoln Laboratory will provide high performance and ultra-low power solutions that will play a critical role in the future growth of several cutting-edge telecommunications technologies, including mobile digital video systems, 10G over copper applications, and software defined radio (SDR) systems.

About the KAD2710

The 10-bit 275-MSPS KAD2710 is the premiere ADC in the family of low-power, pin-compatible ADCs. 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, with maximum sampling rates of 170 MSPS, 210 MSPS and 275 MSPS.

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°C. Total power consumption is 270 mW at 275 Msps and 235 mW at 170 Msps.

Availability and Pricing

Samples and evaluation boards are currently available for both the 8-bit and 10-bit products, with full production scheduled for Q4 2006. The 10-bit, 275 MSPS KAD2710 has a unit list price of $39.99. Volume pricing details can be obtained by contacting Dave Hottenstein, director of worldwide sales, at 888-942-4501.

About Kenet

Kenet Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company founded to commercialize low-power mixed-signal technology developed at MIT. The company is developing innovative solutions for portable consumer and communications applications. Kenet is backed by investors including Venrock Associates, Oak Investment Partners, Kopin Corporation, and CP Group. For more information, please contact Kenet at 888-942-4501 or info@kenetinc.com. Additional information is also available at http://www.kenetinc.com.

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