Microchip Technology introduced the MCP41HV31 and MCP41HV51 (MCP41HVXX) volatile, SPI digital potentiometers. The devices operate at 10, 12, 18, 24 and particularly 36 volts, for systems requiring wide signal swing or high power-supply voltages. Both digital potentiometers are available now for samples and volume production, in 14-pin TSSOP and 20-pin, 5×5 mm QFN packages. The MCP41HV31 is priced at $0.99 each and the MCP41HV51 is $1.09 each in 5,000-unit quantities.
X-FAB Silicon Foundries introduced their XP018 technology platform. The foundry process features the industry’s lowest mask count for the modular combination of digital, analog and high-voltage features with embedded Flash. The X-FAB XP018 technology is available now for tape-ins. It includes pre-released IP for the memory options. Full qualification will follow in 2012.
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in semiconductors for mixed-signal processing applications and leading supplier of signal conditioning technology, introduced the industry’s most accurate high-voltage amplifier for current sensing applications. The AD8207 zero-drift, high-voltage, bi-directional current sense amplifier meets the robust performance and quality requirements for motor and solenoid control in industrial and automotive applications. The product features breakthrough temperature accuracy specified at a maximum of 1 µV/°C offset drift over the automotive temperature range of -40 degrees C to 125 degrees C — a 5-fold improvement over competing devices.
X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry and expert in “More than Moore” technologies, announced the industry’s first 100V high-voltage 0.35 micrometer foundry process. It enables a new class of reliable, high-performing battery monitoring and protection systems for lithium ion battery management. It also is ideal for power management applications and for ultrasonic imaging and inkjet print head apps using piezoelectric drivers. In addition, X-FAB added new and enhanced N- and P-type double-diffused metal-oxide-semiconductor (DMOS) transistors with 45 percent lower on-resistance for multiple operating voltages up to 100V, lowering the silicon footprint by up to 40 percent and thus reducing die costs. X-FAB will thoroughly discuss these new capabilities in a free webinar, “Addressing High-Voltage Applications with the Industry’s First 0.35 Micrometer 100V Pure-Play Foundry Process,” offered worldwide on July 27 and 28.