Compact Photo Detector IC suits DVD and CD applications.

Press Release Summary:

Used in optical pick-up units of DVD and CD drives, ATR0874 comes in 4 x 3.5 mm QFN open-house package that can fit into slim drives found in laptops. IC includes 10 channels with 4 different gain steps, and open cavity permits laser direct access to die surface and photo diodes. Able to be soldered at temperatures to 260°C, solution is designed for high-speed DVD applications such as DVD-RAM and DVD+/-RW at wavelength of 650 nm and CD-RW at wavelength of 780 nm.

Original Press Release:

Atmel Unveils World's Smallest FootPrint Photo Detector IC for DVD and CD Applications

HEILBRONN, Germany, April 17 -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) announced today the availability of its new photo detector IC (PDIC) for use in the optical pick-up units (OPUs) of DVD and CD drives. The new ATR0874 is the industry's smallest PDIC device, measuring only 4 mm x 3.5 mm and is a perfect fit for the slim drives found in most laptops. The new ATR0874 is the first member of a new family of PDIC devices which complements Atmel's current broad product range of Laser Diode Drivers (LDD) and Automatic Power Controllers (APC).

The ATR0874 photo detector IC was developed using Atmel's in-house BiCMOS process (with optical extension) and is manufactured in Atmel's patented QFN open-housing technology. The QFN open-housing has an open cavity thus permitting the laser direct access to the die surface and therefore to the photo diodes. In addition, the housing shares all the advantages of standard QFN housing including the ability to be soldered at temperatures up to 260 degrees C which reduces costs related to specialized soldering procedures. Competing devices use clear molding, or glass lid packaging, which leads to various problems such as scratches, voids, etc. These imperfections may result in a higher bit error rate, reduced system performance and a lower yield.

The new PDIC is designed for high-speed DVD applications such as DVD-RAM and DVD+/-RW at a wavelength of 650 nm and CD-RW at a wavelength of 780 nm. Due to the device's small footprint, it is ideally suited for applications with highly-restricted space specifications. The IC includes 10 channels with four different gain steps and is optimized for fast settling times and low offset voltages.

Availability and Pricing

Samples of the new PDIC ATR0874 in 4 mm x 3.5 mm QFN open-house packages are available now with pricing starting at US $1.00 for 10k pieces.

APC = Automatic Power Controller
DVD = Digital Versatile Disc
HD = High Density
LDD = Laser Diode Drivers
PDIC = Photo Detector Integrated Circuit
QFN = Quad Flat No Leads
R/W = Read/Write

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R).

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