Atmel Targets DVD/CD Products with Dual-Output Laser Diode Driver ICs

7/16/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of the world's smallest dual-output laser diode driver ICs for the next generation of combined DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW and CD-R/RW end products. The new devices ATR0807 and ATR0808 extend Atmel's successful family of dual-output laser diode drivers.

The ATR0807 and the ATR0808 are three-channel laser diode driver ICs with two selectable outputs. The two identical outputs can either be used for DVD- or CD-RW laser diodes. Each of them supports currents up to 500 mA. Rise and fall times are lower than 0.8 ns. This allows the development of DVD/CD drives with write speeds of 4 to 8 times for DVD and up to 52 times for CD.

These are industry's first such products in extra-small 4 mm x 4 mm QFN16 packages for space-saving applications, which makes them the first choice for the new DVD+/-R/+/-RW and CD-R/RW super combo drives that integrate re-writeable DVD and CD drive in one device.

Due to their architecture, the ATR0807/ ATR0808 can also be used for all other applications supporting two different laser diodes. All current DVD standards like DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RW are supported.

The input impedance of the ATR0807 is 500 Ohm, whereas it is 200 Ohm for the ATR0808.

"With the introduction of the new ATR0807 and ATR0808 devices, Atmel confirms its leading position in the fast growing market of re-writable optical storage devices", Detlef Sommer, Atmel's DVD Marketing Manager, said. "Atmel's objective is to provide various solutions to meet the designers' different needs. Each of our laser driver family members is dedicated to a specific application requirement. The pin-compatible ATR0807/ ATR0808 devices combine minimum package size, and maximum write speeds needed for today's innovative combo devices."

Samples of the ATR0807/ ATR0808 in QFN16 (4 mm x 4 mm x 0.9 mm) packages are available now. SSO16-packaged versions for low-cost HH drive applications, either Pb-free or in legacy package, are also available. Pricing for both SSO16 and QFN16 versions start at 2.60 US$ (10 k).

DVD = Digital Versatile Disk
HH = Half Hight
Pb = Lead
R/W = Read/ Write

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

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Atmel's DVD ATR0807/ ATR0808 information may be retrieved at: (ATR0807) (ATR0808)

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