Robert W. Adams

Robert W. Adams
Associated organizations
Analog Devices, Inc
Fields of study


The pioneering contributions of Robert W. Adams to delta-sigma data conversion technology laid the groundwork responsible for the professional-quality audio featured in today’s digital consumer devices. His "noise-shaped segmentation" concept permits cost-effective integrated circuits using less space and power to deliver high-quality audio. Mr. Adams designed one of the earliest digital audio recorders, and he introduced the first audio converter with 18-bit resolution. In the signal-processing domain, he developed the first integrated asynchronous sample-rate converter for audio as well as a line of audio CODECs with an embedded DSP core of his own design, used extensively in today’s automotive audio systems. He also discovered the log-domain analog filter principle in 1978, which provided a fundamental new building block for analog designers.

An IEEE Fellow, Mr. Adams is currently a Fellow with Analog Devices, Inc., Wilmington, MA, USA.