- Jul 28, 2017
Having retired from Maxim Integrated before all that occurred, I don't have any direct knowledge on whether it was a take-over or merger. But from talking to some of my ex-coworkers who are still there my impression is that ADI holds the reins. But I think ADI also paid a lot for the priviledge. ADI had approached Maxim before with a buyout offer and was turned down, so I presume they sweetened the deal. I think it largely was a response to Texas Instruments acquisitions of some big guns like Burr-Brown, National and some ohers. Go big or go home....."Maxim Integrated and Analog Devices are now one company"
Actually, I think it might be more of a take-over than a merger, but one wonders if this means Maxim devices will appear in the LTSpice model library ??
As far as Spice models, I think it is pretty likely that at least some of Maxim's parts will make it into the LTSpice library. There is a fair number of Linear devices present, another company they acquired, so there's some precedent there.
Speaking of TI, I've noticed that they have some pretty nice ADCs for decent prices. For example he ADS8471 is a parallel-out 16 bit 1 MSPS device with an integrated Vref generator that has a multiplexer built in so you can interface it with an 8 bit parallel port. Digikey has them for about $32. My Teensy 4.0 doesn't have 8 contiguous inputs but perusal of its schematic and processor data sheet found two blocks of 4 bits each in one of the GPIO registers that could be easily combined. With a 600MHz clock shifts don't take very long so I'm pretty sure I could get the full 1MSPS out of it.