Signal chain systems connect analog data from the physical world to the digital world, where the data is processed. However, powering signal chain systems can be a challenge because the power supply must not degrade the system’s overall performance. Linear regulators can prevent this degradation, but at the cost of increased power loss, and thus lower efficiency. Switching regulators, on the other hand, provide a significant improvement in efficiency but can affect the signal chain system’s performance by introducing noise due to their switching nature.

Analog Devices’ Signal Chain Power (SCP) hardware evaluation platform and SCP Configurator companion software tool allow signal chain hardware engineers, with or without prior power applications experience, to design a power supply for their signal chain systems in a simplified and intuitive way.