California Micro Going Lead Free with Computing and Consumer Products

11/13/2003 - California Micro Devices (NASDAQ: CAMD) announced it will offer its popular electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, electromagnetic interference (EMI) filtering and power management PC products in lead free packaging options to support the current global industry movement to lead free manufacturing. Samples of all of California Micro Devices’ PC and consumer devices will be available in lead free packages by Q1 2004, with the most popular products available this quarter. Last quarter, California Micro Devices announced that it was the first to offer volume production for its complete line of mobile CSP (chip scale package) products.

The WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Directive 2002/96/EC is intended by the European Union to “help protect the environment, maintain high levels of economic growth, contribute to social progress and consider the use of natural resources,” and will regulate the use of lead and other hazardous substances from July 1, 2006. The complementary ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive issued in the UK will be brought into force by August 13, 2004. Japan’s MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) has recommended eliminating lead usage, while Japanese companies are voluntarily introducing lead free products. These measures and initiatives will have a widespread impact on the global marketplace, requiring lead free assemblies on a broad range of products.

“California Micro Devices recognizes the increasing demand for environmentally friendly products, and is taking an active role in helping our customers make the transition to lead free solutions,” stated Joe Salvador, director of marketing for computing and consumer products at California Micro Devices. “We have already begun sampling lead free versions of some of our popular PC and consumer electronics products, and have implemented a staged transition that will make all of our PC products available in lead free versions over the next two quarters.”

Designed Into Leading PCs, Networking and Consumer Applications
California Micro Devices’ highly integrated application specific ESD, EMI and power management solutions are designed in to a broad range of the industry’s leading personal computers and consumer electronics products. To date, the company has shipped over 200 million packaged Application Specific Integrated PassiveTM (ASIPTM) devices for PCs and consumer electronics, representing the integration of over 4 billion discrete passives.

California Micro Devices is currently sampling lead free versions of its ESD protection arrays, including the industry leading 1pF PicoGuardTM CM1210 and CM1213 families, as well as the PACDN006 that is used on many notebook VGA ports and is featured in Intel’s mobile Pentium® 4 and Centrino® reference designs. Also sampling are the popular PACSZ1284 family of integrated EMI filters with ESD protection and termination for the IEEE 1284 parallel port. Other lead free products scheduled to sample this quarter include the SmartORTM family of power regulators for NIC and WLAN cards, power products for notebook PCs and consumer applications and the PACDN04x family of integrated zener diodes.

About California Micro Devices Corporation
California Micro Devices Corporation is a leading supplier of application-specific analog semiconductor products for the mobile, computing, and consumer electronics markets. Key products include Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIPTM) devices and power management ICs. Detailed corporate and product information may be accessed at

ASIPTM and Application Specific Integrated PassiveTM, PicoGuardTM and SmartORTM are trademarks of California Micro Devices.

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