Photo Detector IC supports 16x DVD-writable drives.

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Model SP8062 provides 10 selectable gain settings spanning 43 dB range. It includes 4 high-speed data detection channels, 4 tracking channels, and 2 differential summing channels. Available in 16-pin, clear OPLGA packaging measuring 5.0 x 4.0 mm, unit features 130 MHz RF bandwidth, 20 ns saturation recovery, 400 V/µs slew rate, and differential outputs with 2.7 V output swing.



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Sipex Introduces First Photo Detector IC for 16x DVD-Write Drives



(Milpitas, CA - March 18, 2004) - - Sipex Corporation (NASDAQ: SIPX), a leading provider of high performance, analog integrated circuits (ICs), today announced the SP8062, its first photo detector IC (PDIC) specially engineered to support 16x DVD-writable drives. This new PDIC combines the versatility of ten gain levels spanning a 42dB range with the high RF bandwidth critical for 16x write requirements. The SP8062 includes 4 high-speed data detection channels, 4 tracking channels, and 2 differential summing channels. Other product features include 130MHz RF bandwidth, 20ns fast saturation recovery, 400V/us slew rate, and a low-power sleep mode.

"The 16x DVD write drives offer the highest write speed in the single-layer DVD segment which is expected to have a much longer life cycle, until the adoption of the Blu-ray technology," said Kevin Plouse, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Sipex. "The SP8062 and our other upcoming 16x-optimized optics products should provide Sipex with a stable market for the next couple of years."

SP8062 Key Features (Typical):
o Ten selectable gain settings
o 130MHz bandwidth
o 20ns output settling time
o 20ns saturation recovery time
o 400V/us minimum slew rate
o <1ns group delay
o Differential outputs with 2.7V output swing
o <2mA sleep mode current
o -73dBm output noise
o 16 pin clear OPLGA packaging, 5.0mm x 4.0mm

Pricing and Availability
The SP8062 is available now and is priced at $1.75 in 100,000 piece quantities. An evaluation board is also available to assist in the evaluation of the SP8062. Datasheets and additional information on the SP8062 and other Sipex product offerings may be found on the company web site at www.sipex.com.

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 power management, interface, and optical storage ICs for use in computing, communications, and networking infrastructure. The company is headquartered in Milpitas, California with additional offices in Belgium, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Sipex sells direct and through distribution channels. For more information about Sipex, visit www.sipex.com.

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