ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

“New infrastructure” has become a buzzword in China’s economy in 2020. As a representative of emerging technologies and advanced productivity, new infrastructure is cultivating new kinetic energy with informatization, using new kinetic energy to promote new development, and forming a large-scale digital economy industry. The prospect is self-evident, so it has triggered thousands of troops and swarms of heroes.

“New infrastructure” has become a buzzword in China’s economy in 2020. As a representative of emerging technologies and advanced productivity, new infrastructure is cultivating new kinetic energy with informatization, using new kinetic energy to promote new development, and forming a large-scale digital economy industry. The prospect is self-evident, so it has triggered thousands of troops and swarms of heroes. As a global high-performance analog technology provider and a leading semiconductor manufacturer supported by the underlying technology of new infrastructure, ADI has deeply participated in and experienced the innovation and changes actively promoted by many first-tier industry partners under the wave of new infrastructure and the infinite business opportunities created thereby!

As Cai Zhenyu, Director of Industrial Marketing, ADI China, pointed out, “ADI plays an active role in promoting and leading innovation in both the digital economy and new infrastructure. At present, we are increasing our support for partners in thousands of industries related to new infrastructure. With its leading high-performance signal chain technology, we will focus on building the core driving force for industry change, and work with our partners to achieve innovation and change beyond all possible in the wave of new infrastructure.”

Industrial Transformation and Innovation Logic Behind ADI’s Layout

Under the spring breeze of the new infrastructure policy, emerging industries have emerged one after another, and the digital economy characterized by digitization, networking and intelligence is surging, bringing traditional industries from business structure to organizational form, from development concepts to business models. Breakthrough, new infrastructure investment not only has formed a large-scale digital economy industry, but will also have an inestimable superposition and multiplier effect when it collides with traditional industries.

In this context, there is an unprecedented increase in demand from industry partners for analog technologies that can connect the digital and real worlds. And ADI is able to provide analog semiconductor technology as the digital entrance of traditional industries for many market segments, so that partners can concentrate on riding the wind and waves in the wave of the digital economy without having to be troubled by the problems of the underlying technology. In addition, ADI’s in-depth understanding of various application industry fields and insights into digital technology integration also enable ADI to take the lead in providing a more complete one-stop solution and find the best use in the industry interaction of new infrastructure . From the key layout of ADI, we can also sort out some “new infrastructure” opportunities that truly reflect the actual situation of the industry.

Energy core: high hopes are placed on the power Internet of things + charging pile data network

Not only China, but the whole world is vigorously developing new energy and clean energy. The generation, storage, transmission, utilization of energy… This series of processes are also undergoing changes, driving the development of new intelligent power transmission and distribution and energy storage technologies. The smart grid itself is the integrated infrastructure in the “new infrastructure”, providing “safe, reliable, green and efficient” energy power guarantee for the “new infrastructure”. Numerous innovative technologies are transforming the industry, such as grid-side energy storage, smart grid monitoring, smart metering, deployment of vehicle charging points, and more.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

The emerging energy Internet of Things is injecting “new kinetic energy” into the traditional power grid, helping to upgrade the power grid to a smart grid. In the field of UHV power transmission, it is urgent to solve the problem of safety and stability of energy transmission from power generation to power consumption. In this regard, Cai Zhenyu gave an example, ADI can work with customers to face the swing of power lines under strong wind, the inclination of power towers on hillsides, and the temperature monitoring of substation cabinets through solutions such as MEMS IMU and integrated temperature measurement products. The smart grid system realizes real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance, and comprehensively promotes the new infrastructure energy innovation model and ecological industry construction.

Lower cost and cleaner energy is changing our lives, and the increasingly popular electric vehicles bear the brunt. As the infrastructure for the consumption and development of electric vehicles, charging piles are also another major focus of new infrastructure deployment. It is not just about building charging hardware devices, but more importantly, building and operating a huge charging data network to achieve efficient transfer of energy from the grid to the vehicle. ADI is working with leading companies to create high-efficiency high-power DC charging. Pile solutions that enhance the economic and social benefits of large-scale deployments.

New energy vehicles: Equal emphasis on precision, efficiency and safety and environmental protection

The new infrastructure has solved the shortage of charging infrastructure. At the same time, stimulated by environmental protection needs and favorable policies, new energy vehicles will usher in a wave of popularization in 2020. Based on its extensive experience in vehicle electrification, ADI enables systems such as battery management, powertrain and infotainment to maintain high performance by providing solutions with lower emissions, higher efficiency, higher reliability and safety. Smaller, lighter and more reliable, driving a greener and more efficient future car to the ground.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

Lithium-ion batteries are a common energy storage method for electric and hybrid vehicles. ADI provides a more accurate and safer lithium battery monitoring solution, which not only improves the reliability and safety of the system, but also brings longer cruising range to the vehicle. The innovative wireless BMS system establishes the monitoring and tracking of the entire life cycle of batteries from manufacturing, warehousing and transportation, to in-vehicle battery repair and maintenance, and finally to recycling. The collected data is integrated with artificial intelligence algorithms, which can extend the life of the battery and the entire electric vehicle. Cycle, increase the residual value of electric vehicles, and ensure that electric vehicles are more attractive in the used car market, so as to empower the electric vehicle industry.

Industry 4.0: Create a different “network” and realize intelligent upgrade

The Industrial Internet is the basis for the development of intelligent manufacturing and can provide common infrastructure and capabilities. China has regarded the Industrial Internet as an important infrastructure for new infrastructure to provide support for industrial intelligence. It is undeniable that getting on the express train of the information age with new infrastructure will undoubtedly make the main body of the industrial control system market even more powerful and give birth to new economic momentum in the industrial automation market.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

Different from the daily “network”, the industrial Internet is very sensitive to delay, needs to be compatible with multiple protocols, harsh interference environment and >99.999% data reliability, in order to accelerate the manufacturing industry from the information age to the intelligent age. Therefore, the monitoring of the operation status of the equipment on each industrial production line is very important to realize the predictive diagnosis of industrial safety, and the flexible configuration of the system to achieve flexible production, and almost all of these links have the shadow of ADI. “With long-term cultivation in the field of industrial automation, ADI’s technology has been widely recognized and used in the industry – from front-end detection, including various sensors and signal conditioning circuits in terminal equipment, to subsequent measurement, data analysis, and microprocessors. , DSP-based edge computing and industrial Ethernet connections, covering the complete signal chain, will accelerate the upgrade of China’s industrial Internet under the new infrastructure.” Cai Zhenyu pointed out.

5G network: Accelerate the landing of key applications of new infrastructure more economically

As a major transformation point in the field of mobile communications, 5G is currently the leading field of new infrastructure. Whether it is from the scale of the industry to be undertaken in the future or the technical role it will play in emerging industries, 5G is the most worth looking forward to. In fact, major emerging industries, such as industrial Internet, Internet of Vehicles, enterprise cloud, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, etc., all need to be supported by 5G, which will provide end-use industries with connections to a large number of sensors, edge devices and actuators platform.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

5G infrastructure products and solutions facilitate the smooth flow of data, including data transmission and reception over 5G networks. In order to achieve the consensus goals of high transmission rate, low latency, and high network capacity density for 5G, and to install ten to one hundred times the number of channels in the same form factor and power consumption as traditional base stations, ADI proposed a new radio architecture, A software-defined transceiver, this architecture can reduce the number of dimensions per channel in a radio by a factor of 10, cut power consumption in half, and serve as the higher-performance unit needed to work in 5G systems.

In addition, evolving 5G standards, increasingly complex technologies, and wider spectrum range bring challenges to test and measurement. Since ADI has been working on network infrastructure for a long time, it has accumulated a large number of core technologies from the most basic unit devices to high-performance components, and built a wide range of end-to-end solutions, all of which are conducive to 5G testing Measurement challenges, help local test and measurement companies to develop cost-effective 5G test and measurement systems, and accelerate the launch of key 5G applications under the new infrastructure.

Smart Transportation: ETC Opens New Imaginary Space for Smart City Construction

Smart transportation effectively integrates advanced cloud computing, data communication transmission technology, and artificial intelligence algorithms into the entire transportation management system, thereby establishing a real-time, intelligent, and efficient comprehensive transportation that plays a role in a wide range and all directions. and management system. As an important part of smart city construction, under the tuyere of new infrastructure construction, various localities have successively formulated and issued specific policies to gradually improve the public parking facility system, accelerate the pace of filling the shortcomings of urban public parking facilities, and integrate smart city, Internet of Things, Frontier new sciences such as vehicle terminal system and Electronic toll collection system are unified.

Cai Zhenyu listed a set of data: in 2019, more than 200 million vehicles have been equipped with ETC on-board units, which has opened up more application scenarios for smart transportation, and also created a new imagination space for smart city business models. This can enter from highway tolls to large-scale transportation station parking fees, refueling services, vehicle finance and other fields. It is expected to break through the traditional parking construction and operation models, optimize the innovative ecological environment, and create a C-V2X cross-border that runs through the entire smart parking industry chain. Collaborative innovation system.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

Behind the simple ETC system is a powerful roadside unit RSU that needs to interface with dozens of signal control systems. At present, ADI’s RF front-end system and single-chip transceiver solution can effectively complete the design and implementation of the front-end system for ETC two-way communication. With the help of information technology, the digital closed loop of people, vehicles, roads and networks can be opened to help the government realize efficient transportation information. management, and promote the intelligentization of road infrastructure.

New big data center: computing power and energy efficiency are inseparable

Today’s technology requires large-scale data computing, storage, and networking. Accelerated advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving high-performance computing to new levels of performance. Increasing content streaming and cloud-based services support the rapid growth of hyperscale data centers. . Therefore, from national government affairs to major industries, the establishment of data centers will help to promote the transformation of industries and realize enterprises’ cloud migration, which is Noah’s Ark in the era of massive information. Perhaps you have already begun to dream of a bright future of smart life driven by efficient data centers, but data centers are considered to be one of the most energy-consuming buildings, and reducing data center energy consumption is crucial to reducing its environmental impact.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

How to improve the energy efficiency of the data center is to optimize the thermal design, reduce the size and cost of the power supply system, and stabilize and reliable power supply capacity, which is a major pain point in the construction of new infrastructure data centers. It is difficult to realize the core low voltage of various processors (ASIC, CPU, FPGA) as low as 0.6V-0.8V and 50A-800A ultra-high current and high stability power supply system design in a small space. High-efficiency DC-DC power conversion solutions, ADI’s modularity and low-noise power technology are the main forces behind these systems to provide stable power and help improve data center efficiency, density and reliability. In addition, ADI’s board-level power system management PSM dynamically adjusts and records the power supply to the core chips in the data center, greatly optimizing energy efficiency while maintaining reliability.

Satellite Internet: Understand the underlying logic of China’s development of commercial satellites

With the growth of data traffic and Internet of Things applications, the demand for commercial satellite communication systems has become increasingly obvious, and the demand for high-bandwidth data access has also increased significantly. Satellite Internet covering the world will become the next focus of construction. Looking at the world, Space X has achieved phased success in commercial low-orbit satellites, realizing the recycling and reuse of rockets, and greatly reducing launch costs; as a space power, the National Development and Reform Commission also clearly included “satellite Internet” in the new infrastructure in April this year. In the field of China’s information infrastructure construction, commercial satellite deployment is also expected to enter the fast lane this year.

ADI: How can high-performance analog technology and semiconductors enable new infrastructure?

“Unlike general-purpose aerospace-grade satellites, commercial low-Earth orbit satellites are more cost-effective, and their size should be relatively small and easier to manufacture, which helps improve deployment economics for partners and potential operators. At the same time, low-cost Commercial satellites open the market to new participants and innovators, and the small-sized, low-cost, and highly reliable integrated circuits behind them are also indispensable.” Cai Zhenyu emphasized the underlying logic of the success of the commercial satellite industry.

All of these, ADI can play a key enabler role in the global aerospace market with high-performance signal chain products in the top position. In addition, ADI’s high-frequency transceiver platform technology can achieve higher selectivity in the satellite communication frequency band. With its small size and low power consumption, the overall size of the transceiver can be reduced by an order of magnitude. Communication challenges provide numerous examples of solutions.


Since its establishment in 1965, ADI has experienced wave after wave of technological development. It is not only a witness to the evolution of global technology, but also one of the many navigators who set sail in these waves to find a “new continent” of technology. In the heat wave of this wave of new infrastructure construction, ADI, as a leader in analog and mixed-signal technology, will use its expertise to convert complex physical signals in the real world into accurate, safe, real-time data, analysis and Insights, and realize “intelligence” based on relevant analysis and actionable insights, and promote the intelligent upgrade of new infrastructure in various segments.

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