Silicon as the new PCB?

Yesterday Chris Gammell pointed me in the direction of the Analog Devices AD5520, which is pretty close to an entire analog design for a Source Measure Unit in a single chip.  And while it’s totally different from a complete instrument, I thought it would be interesting to compare some specs.  To see how it performs relative to Keithley’s 2401 SourceMeter and Nation Instruments’ PXIe-4140 Source Measure module, I did some calculations and made a chart over at Element14.  Obviously analog engineering is far from in danger, but still the specs are pretty impressive.

See how far Silicon development has come! 


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