Portable products continue to grow at a rapid clip, providing the user more freedom with few sacrifices in performance. Op amps' vendors are playing their part, lowering voltages and power requirements.
For many portable applications, the speed and precision offered by many vendors is quite competitive. But not all of them can help extend the critical yardstick for value — battery life. "The big differentiator is power consumption," says Bruce Trump, product manager at Texas Instruments.
The $2.3 billion op amp industry continues to see solid growth in four fairly evenly divided fields: consumer, industrial, computer and communications.
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