Texas Instruments Earns Top Award from Frost & Sullivan for Enabling Innovation in the Portable and Handheld Test Equipment Market through its One-of-a-kind, System-on-chip Offering

The benefits of TI's 66AK2L06 SoC in terms of lower costs, power consumption and board space have resonated strongly with test and measurement equipment manufacturers
Frost & Sullivan
2015-12-01 22:00 2194

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the portable and handheld test equipment market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Texas Instruments (TI) with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership. The company's pioneering 66AK2L06 system-on-chip (SoC) circuit is making rapid headway in the portable and handheld test equipment market because of its higher integration, programmability and flexibility.

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The 66AK2L06 SoC from TI is a step ahead of competitor technologies as it features a software-programmable digital frontend and a JESD204B interface that eliminate the need for a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) to perform various functions such as sample rate conversion and digital filtering, in addition to the fast fourier transform (FFT), signal processing and control processing capabilities. Therefore, customers benefit from multiple functionalities in a smaller package, thus decreasing product costs and power consumption.

"Customers have been able to cut costs by half, reduce product size and weight by 66 percent, and lower power consumption by 60 percent," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Director Jessy Cavazos. "Since the SoC is easier to program than a FPGA, customers also save time during the design, development and validation process and quicken the time-to-market."

To further accelerate time-to-market, TI has introduced a pre-validated system design combining the SoC with the JESD204B interface, an analog-to-digital converter and a digital-to-analog converter, thereby drastically improving speeds. Customers can easily access the demonstration software, user guide, benchmarks and schematics on the Web.

The application diversity of TI's SoC is vast. The technology finds use in the test and measurement, medical imaging, radar, defense, sonar and avionics industries. As a software-defined radio platform, the SoC can be particularly valuable to mobile communication testers that manage a range of technologies, including commercial wireless standards and public-safety application networks. The SoC is also highly appealing to testers that need to keep up with the constant and rapid evolution of mobile communication solutions.

"Texas Instruments has demonstrated the long-term viability and impact of its SoC circuit by the sheer breadth of portable and hand-held test equipment that it supports. It is a great pleasure to recognize TI for developing a technology that a wide range of companies can adopt to create better solutions for their customers," said Frost & Sullivan Global President and Managing Partner Krishna Srinivasan.

"These consistent efforts to grant customers a head start in their respective domains reinforce the organization's brand equity," observed Cavazos. "Moreover, the firm's commitment to delivering an end-to-end system signal chain has positively influenced its reputation and established TI as the go-to provider in the portable and handheld test equipment market."

"We are honored to be the recipients of this Award from Frost & Sullivan," said Sameer Wasson, general manager, Communications Processors, TI. "We place a lot of emphasis on enabling customers the ability to provide optimized solutions with true programmability and flexibility for the test and measurement market. We feel the 66AK2L06 SoCs offer this and more, with power, cost and board optimizations that provide a true alternative to FPGAs."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a pioneering technology that not only enhances current products, but also enables the development of newer products and applications. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient's technology.

Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at

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