[sdiy] CA3080 has gone where noone has ever been

Oren Leavitt obl64 at ix.netcom.com
Thu Apr 8 16:45:55 CEST 2021

Pretty cool!

The only other place (beyond synths) I've seen a CA3080 was in a an 
early 90s/late 80s set top cable TV box. I forget what make it was.

Thanks for sharing

- Oren

On 4/8/21 5:49 AM, Spiros Makris via Synth-diy 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.
> 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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