Analog Devices Inc was founded in 1965 and incorporated in Massachusetts. The Company is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of a portfolio of high-performance analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits (ICs) used in virtually all types of electronic equipment. The Company's signal processing products play a fundamental role in converting, conditioning, and processing real-world phenomena such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion into electrical signals to be used in an array of electronic devices. The Company produces products including data converters, amplifiers and linear products, radio frequency (RF) ICs, power management products, sensors based on micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and other sensors, and processing products, including DSP and other processors that are designed to meet the needs of customers. Its products are embedded inside many different types of electronic equipment including: Industrial process control systems; Factory automation systems; Instrumentation and measurement systems; Energy management systems; Aerospace and defense electronics; Automobiles; Digital televisions; Medical imaging equipment; Wireless infrastructure equipment; Networking equipment; Optical systems; Digital cameras; Portable electronic devices. The raw materials used include silicon wafers, processing chemicals (including liquefied gases), precious metals and ceramic and plastic used for packaging. The Company's competitors include: Broadcom Corporation, Cirrus Logic, Inc, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc, Infineon Technologies, Intersil Corporation, Linear Technology Corporation, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc, Microchip Technology, Inc, National Semiconductor Corporation, NXP Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics, Silicon Laboratories, Inc, and Texas Instruments, Inc. The Company's manufacturing facilities are subject to numerous and increasingly strict environmental laws and regulations, particularly with respect to the transportation, storage, handling, use, emission, discharge and disposal of certain chemicals, gases and other substances used or produced in the semiconductor manufacturing process.