Photodetector IC supports16x DVD-write drives.

Press Release Summary:

Model SP8067 features 6 selectable gain levels spanning 35 dB range, 130 MHz RF bandwidth, 15 ns output settling times, and 250 V/µs minimum slew rate. Housed in 16-pin clear OPLGA packaging measuring 5.0 x 4.0 mm, device offers differential output with 3.6 V differential output swing.

Original Press Release:

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

(Milpitas, CA - November 22, 2004) - Sipex Corporation (NASDAQ: SIPX) today announced the SP8067, a new photo detector IC engineered to support the next generation of 16x DVD-write drives. The SP8067 increases light sensitivity by 4x, supporting customer requests for enhanced performance to enable more efficient designs for 2005 model DVD-writers. The SP8067 features six gain levels spanning a 35dB range, 130MHz RF bandwidth, and 15ns settling times.

SP8067 Key Features (Typical)
o Six selectable gain settings
o 130MHz bandwidth
o 15ns output settling time
o 250V/us minimum slew rate
o 1ns group delay
o Differential outputs with 3.6v differential output swing
o 16 pin clear OPLGA packaging, 5.0mm x 4.0mm

Pricing and Availability
The SP8067 is available now and is priced at $1.25 in 100,000 piece quantities. An evaluation board is also available to assist in the evaluation of the SP8067. Product briefs and additional information on the SP8067 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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