Photo Detector IC suits super-multi DVD-writable drives.

Press Release Summary:

Offered in 3.5 x 4.0 mm package, Model SP8058 PDIC Receiver features photo detector array, which captures laser light and drives 4 high-speed data detection channels, 2 medium-speed channels, and 2 slow channels. Unit offers 11 selectable gain settings, 130 MHz differential data summing outputs, and 1 mA sleep mode current for power conservation in portable applications. Output settling time is 10 ns and saturation recovery time is less than 20 ns.

Original Press Release:

Sipex Introduces Photo Detector IC for Super Multi DVD Drives

The SP8058 PDIC receiver combines 11 gain modes and Super Multi support in a slim form factor package

(Milpitas, CA - September 21, 2004) - Sipex Corporation (NASDAQ: SIPX) today announced its latest photo detector IC, the SP8058, which was designed to support the growing trend toward "Super Multi" DVD-writable drives. Super Multi DVD drives support all major types of DVD recordable media: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM. In the SP8058, a proprietary photo detector array, which has been optimized for holographic lasers, captures laser light and drives 4 high-speed data detection channels, 2 medium-speed channels and 2 slow channels. The SP8058 is offered in a small 3.5mm x 4.0mm package, enabling convenient implementation in slim and ultra-slim form factor drives. Product features include eleven selectable gain settings, two 130MHz differential data summing outputs and a low-power sleep mode for power conservation in portable applications.

SP8058 Key Features (Typical):
o 130MHz bandwidth
o Eleven selectable gain settings
o 1mA sleep mode current
o 10ns output settling time
o <20ns saturation recovery time
o Differential outputs with 2.7v output swing
o <1ns group delay
o -73dBm output noise
o 16 pin clear OPLGA packaging, 3.5mm x 4.0mm

Pricing and Availability
The SP8058 is available now and is priced at $1.55 in 100,000 piece quantities. An evaluation board is also available to assist in the evaluation of the SP8058. Datasheets and additional information on the SP8058 and other Sipex product offerings may be found on the company web site at

About Sipex Optical Storage Products
The optical storage product family offers complete electronic solutions that enable faster read speeds and smaller footprints in the pick up heads of DVD+/-R/W, DVD-RAM, and CDRW systems. This family includes photo-detector ICs, laser diode drivers, and advanced power control ICs. Utilizing extremely high-performance BiCMOS processing, Sipex's products lead or match all competitors in key parameters such as bandwidth, settling times and output noise.

About Sipex
Sipex Corporation is a semiconductor company that designs, manufactures and markets high performance, value-added analog integrated circuits (ICs). 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, CA with additional offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the UK. Sipex sells products direct and through its distribution channels. For more information about Sipex, visit

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