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TI Introduces New Analog Front End with Best-in-Class Power Optimization for Portable Ultrasound Systems

TI introduces new analog front end with best-in-class power optimization for portable ultrasound systems.

Second device in popular product family consumes more than 30 percent less power than competition.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced a new fully integrated analog front end (AFE) for portable ultrasound equipment. The second device in TI’s AFE58xx family for the medical ultrasound market, the AFE5804 is specifically designed for ultrasound systems that require low power and small size. The eight-channel AFE consumes more than 30% less power than the closest competitive device, which will help proliferate portable systems with longer battery life and better image quality.

Advanced features for portable ultrasound system designs
Featuring 102mW/channel at 1.25nV/rtHz at 40MSPS, the fully integrated AFE5804 offers best-in-class power performance while maintaining superior image quality in portable equipment. The eight-channel device contains a low-noise amplifier (LNA), a voltage controlled attenuator (VCA), a programmable gain amplifier (PGA), a low-pass filter (LPF) and a 12-bit, 10MSPS to 50MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with LVDS data outputs.

The gains of the LNA, VCA and PGA fine-tune the image quality being received for processing, thus enhancing the user experience. The LNA is set for 20dB gain and has excellent noise and signal handling capabilities, including a 280mVpp input range and fast overload recovery. The gain of the VCA can be varied over a 46dB range with a 0V to 1.2V control voltage common to all channels of the AFE5804. The PGA can be programmed for gains of 20dB, 25dB, 27dB and 30dB. The LVDS outputs of the ADC reduce the number of interface lines to the ASIC or FPGA, thereby enabling the high systems integration densities desired for portable systems.

Programmable mode control for power/noise optimization
The AFE8504 features mode control to give designers the flexibility to program the level of noise and power performance needed to optimize their system.


  • 0.92nV/rtHz (TGC-Mode I)
  • 1.25nV/rtHz (TGC-Mode II)
  • 1.1nV/rtHz (CW and PW mode)


  • 112mW/Ch (TGC-Mode I)
  • 102mW/Ch (TGC-Mode II)
  • 105mW/Ch (PW mode)
  • 65mW/Ch (CW mode)

Full portfolio for easy, high-quality ultrasound system design
TI’s AFE58xx family allows the design of innovative ultrasound systems with superior image quality and reduced power consumption. The first device, the AFE5805, was introduced in March 2008, targeting the portable to mid-range ultrasound market. The new AFE5804 is pin-to-pin compatible to ease migration to an even lower power solution, should a design require it.

In addition to the AFE58xx family, TI offers a full portfolio of integrated circuits for ultrasound systems and other medical imaging equipment, including high performance digital signal processors (DSPs), DaVinci™ digital media processors, OMAP™ application processors, high-speed data converters and amplifiers, power management, clocks and interface devices as well as wireless connectivity solutions.

Pricing, packaging and availability

The AFE5804 is sampling today in a 15mm x 9mm, 135-pin BGA package. Volume quantities are scheduled for September 2008, at a suggested retail price of $62 each in 1,000-unit quantities. Evaluation modules are also scheduled for September 2008.

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