[sdiy] CA3080 has gone where noone has ever been

Ben Stuyts ben at stuyts.nl
Thu Apr 8 15:40:20 CEST 2021

That is awesome, thanks for sharing!

I’ve seen a CA3080 once that looked like it launched itself to space. So there is that…


> On 8 Apr 2021, at 12:49, Spiros Makris via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> 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.
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> 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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