Optical Power Sensor suits DVD and CD recorder applications.

Press Release Summary:

Model SP8036 power sensor offers automatic laser control and dual wavelength capability of 650 nm for DVD and 780 nm for CD. Sensor provides 100 MHz bandwidth to support DVD write applications at speeds of 16x or greater and reduces read/write errors with precise laser power control. With output swing of 1.5 V and external reference capability, device adapts to large number of optical pickup head designs and features power-down mode to save power in pickup head unit.

Original Press Release:

Sipex Introduces SP8036 Advanced Power Control Solution for New Low Voltage Portable DVD/CD Systems

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 10 -- Sipex Corporation today announces the SP8036 APC (Advanced Power Control) solution, a single-ended optical power sensor designed for automatic laser power control in DVD and CD recorder applications. With fully integrated photo detectors, this device monitors the light sensitivity of the laser diode and converts the light to an output voltage. The SP8036 is designed to operate with the new low voltage DVD systems requiring 3.3V operation and has an integrated power save feature ideal for portable systems such as Notebooks and Portable Display Players.

The SP8036 operates at the same performance levels found in all our APC solutions such as wide bandwidth for greater than 16X operating speed and precise laser power control which reduces read and write errors. In addition, the SP8036 features a single-ended output with a 1.5V output swing and an external reference capability, allowing the device to be adaptable to a large number of Optical Pickup Head designs.

The SP8036 offers the following key features:

o Dual wavelength capability: 650nm for DVD and 780nm for CD
o 100 MHz Bandwidth at -3dB insures DVD write applications of 16x or
o 10 mV Output Offset Voltage provides wide dynamic range of output
o ±6 dB External Gain Adjust allows precision sensitivity control and
adaptability to large number of Optical Pickup Head designs
o Small 3.5 X 3 mm, 8-pin OPLGA package
o New Power-down mode offers power saving opportunity in the Pickup Head

Pricing and Availability

The SP8036 is available in 8-pin, OPLGA lead-free package compatible with JEDEC reflow cycle specifications for lead-free process. Pricing and technical information is available by contacting customersupport@sipex.com.

About Sipex Corporation

Sipex Corporation is a semiconductor company that designs, manufactures and markets high performance, value-added analog integrated circuits (IC). Sipex serves the broad analog signal processing market with interface, power management and optical storage ICs for use in automotive, portable products, computing, communications, and networking infrastructure markets. The company is headquartered in Milpitas, California with additional offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. Sipex sells products direct and through its distribution channels. For more information about Sipex, visit www.sipex.com .

For additional information, contact:
See Kit Leong
Technical Marketing Manager - Optical Storage Products
Tel: 408-934-7500
Fax: 408-935-7678
Email: sleong@sipex.com

Source: Sipex Corporation

Web site: www.sipex.com/

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