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Texas Instruments and Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Present Live Webcast on Improved Procedures for Selecting an ADC

May 29, 2007

DALLAS (May 29, 2007) - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas will present a live Analog eLabTM Webcast for designers entitled "Improved Procedures for Selecting an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)" on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CST (18:00 hrs CET). The Webcast will highlight the pitfalls encountered when evaluating an ADC for a design, and the importance of selecting the proper tools. TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and panelists Rick Downs of TI and Val Rhodes of Avnet will discuss and demonstrate an efficient, cost-effective new evaluation tool that can save time and resources. Engineers are invited to register for the one-hour session at www.ti.com/analogelab.

When selecting an ADC, designers must consider the various descriptive parameters, the varied signal sources and the ways the output data may be used in their new design. Duplicating test conditions and procedures used by the device manufacturers to characterize their converters is possible. However, this may require a significant investment in test equipment and engineering effort. Several manufacturers offer evaluation modules (EVM) to assist with the selection, although they are usually unique to a specific part. That may cause difficulty for the designer when comparing the results between devices. To achieve a good understanding of a converter's capability, time-domain, histogram and FFT, data must be collected using the proper test equipment and software for analysis.

During the lab segment, panelists will demonstrate the usefulness of a new tool that simplifies the task of collecting and analyzing ADC data. This software program can be used with select EVMs and can dramatically save time and costs associated with new designs.

Analog eLab Webcast Engineers

Bill Klein, P.E., is the host for the TI Analog eLab Webcast. Klein is a senior applications engineer with the high performance linear division of TI. He joined TI through its acquisition of Burr-Brown in August 2000. Klein is the author of more than 100 magazine articles, application notes and conference papers. His experience as an analog circuit designer covers 35 years in fields ranging from mineral exploration to nuclear medical imaging.

Val Rhodes is the technology director for Avnet Electronics Marketing. He has several years of experience designing wireless products for Fortune 500 companies and has OFDM technology contributions and patents in IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15 and IEEE 802.16. Rhodes earned a BSEE from The University of Arizona and an MSEE and MBA from Arizona State University.
Rick Downs is an applications engineering manager for Texas Instruments' precision analog group in Tucson. He has over 20 years of experience in applications and marketing of semiconductors and is the author of several articles and application notes on analog topics. Downs earned a BSEE from The University of Arizona and holds four patents.
To view previous Analog eLab Webcasts, visit www.ti.com/analogelab. In addition to Analog eLab Webcasts, TI offers analog engineers a wide-ranging support infrastructure that includes training and seminars, design tools and utilities, technical documentation, evaluation modules, an online knowledge base, a product information hotline and a comprehensive offering of samples that ship within 24 hours of request. TI keeps the engineer in mind throughout the design process by providing tools, systems expertise and technical support to help customers get to market quickly. For more information on TI's complete analog design support see www.ti.com/analogelab. To learn more about Avnet Electronics Marketing, see www.em.avnet.com