Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Analog Devices, Inc
. This historic document was printed by United States Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman holding a globe. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, Ray Stata and Treasurer.
Analog Devices, Inc., also known as ADI or Analog, is an American multinational semiconductor company specializing in data conversion and signal processing technology, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. In 2012, Analog Devices led the worldwide data converter market with a 48.5% share, according to analyst firm Databeans.
The company manufactures analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in electronic equipment. These technologies are used to convert, condition and process real-world phenomena, such as light, sound, temperature, motion, and pressure into electrical signals.
Analog Devices has approximately 100,000 customers in the following industries: communications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, military/aerospace, automotive, and consumer electronics applications.
The company was founded by two MIT graduates, Ray Stata and Matthew Lorber in 1965. The same year, the company released its first product, the model 101 op amp, which was a hockey-puck sized module used in test and measurement equipment. In 1967, the company published the first issue of its technical magazine, Analog Dialogue.
In 1969, Analog Devices filed an initial public offering and became a publicly traded company. Ten years later, the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1973, the company was the first to launch laser trim wafers and the first CMOS digital-to-analog converter. By 1996, the company reported over $1 billion in company revenue. That same year, Jerald Fishman was named President and CEO, a position he held until his death in 2013 (see below).
In 2000, ADI's sales grew by over 75% to $2.578 Billion and the company acquired five companies including BCO Technologies PLC, a manufacturer of thick film semiconductors, for $150 million.
In January 2008, ON Semiconductor completed the acquisition of the CPU Voltage and PC Thermal Monitoring Business from ADI., for $184 million.
By 2004, ADI had a customer base of 60,000 and its portfolio included over 10,000 products.
Analog Devices is one of the longest-standing semiconductor companies in the world. The company was founded by Ray Stata and Matthew Lorber in 1965. Stata maintains an active role in the company to this day. On March 11, 1969, an initial public offering was held, and Analog Devices became a publicly traded company. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1979. In August 1990 Analog Devices bought Precision Monolithics Inc.
Currently, Jerald G. Fishman is the CEO and President, and Stata is the Chairman of the Board.
The company headquarters is in Norwood, Massachusetts. There are large fabrication plants in the US and the main European facility is located at Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. They also have large testing facilities in the Philippines.
Other international ADI development centers are located in Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne, Australia; Munich, Germany; Valencia, Spain; Israel; Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India; and other locations across the globe.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.