[sdiy] CA3080 has gone where noone has ever been

Mattias Rickardsson mr at analogue.org
Thu Apr 8 13:35:19 CEST 2021


Oh, so that's why people nowadays spell out OTA as "over the air" ;-)


Den tors 8 apr. 2021 12:50Spiros Makris via Synth-diy <
synth-diy at synth-diy.org> skrev:

> What if I told you that CA3080 has been to space?
> I was going through various documents of the MAVEN mission I found on an
> FTP server online and what do you know, the part that made history in the
> synth world was used and flown all the way to Mars, and even entered its
> atmosphere.
> [image: image.png]
> Unsurprisingly, it is among the few non-qualified parts on the list and
> the cheapest, at $1.80
> I peaked at the schematics and they used it for signal conditioning before
> an ADC (peak detection I think).
> A whole new level of flex by one of the most influential ICs of Synth
> history!
> MAVEN was launched on 2013 and has been operational, orbiting Mars until
> today. It's primary mission is to study the upper martian atmosphere.
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