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austriamicrosystems´ highly integrated power and audio management unit saves costs and offers excellent audio quality

(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 08, 2008 ) Hong Kong – 8 January, 2008 – austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, announces the product launch of its AS3658, a highly integrated power and audio management unit with sophisticated audio features. AS3658 is ideally suitable for portable navigation devices, portable media players, smart phones, PDAs and a wide range of other battery powered handheld devices.

AS3658 offers an integrated solution for power supply generation, monitoring and battery management including charging. The charger can manage up to 1.6A charging current, ideally suitable for fast charging of large batteries. USB, linear and step-down charging is available and supported by the unique battery isolation feature. The programmable power management functions of austriamicrosystems’ AS3658 significantly extend battery life with DC/DC efficiencies higher than 90%. The IC provides for three highly efficient DC/DC step-down converters, two DC/DC step-up converters, three RF LDOs, four digital LDOs, a low noise charge pump and a highly flexible backlight driver supporting a wide range of display sizes.

AS3658 at the same time offers high performance audio functions with a 18 bit audio DAC, a 16 bit audio ADC, a 5 band equaliser as well as headphone amplifiers, line-outputs, line-inputs, microphone inputs, audio mixer and several analog and digital audio interfaces. The unique ground noise cancellation feature delivers excellent sound quality in in-car environments. Moreover, a real time clock, 10 bit general purpose ADC and a 10 bit touch screen interface are integrated to complete the extensive feature set of AS3658. Due to customisable PROM programmable startup sequences the IC matches a wide variety of application processors.

“With our software compatible integrated power management and audio products like AS3658 we have proven that combining the highest quality of audio and power management in one device offers outstanding performance”, says Markus Luidolt, Marketing Manager Mobile Consumer Devices at austriamicrosystems. “AS3658 expands our product family offering higher charging currents, excellent audio quality and a perfect fit to the latest and next generation application processors. Moreover, AS3658 saves cost and time for system design integrating numerous functions which usually require multiple ICs from several vendors.”

austriamicrosystems will present its highly integrated power and audio management ICs in an off-exhibition suite at CES 2008 in Las Vegas from January 7 -10, 2008.

AS3658 is available in a BGA124, 8*8 mm, 0.5mm pitch package and is specified for -40° to +85°C ambient temperature. Product-specific information and free samples are available at http://www.austriamicrosystems.com

About austriamicrosystemsaustriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customised and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities.
austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker
symbol: AMS).

For further information
Emma Jenkins
EBA Communications
Tel: 852 2537 8022
Fax: 852 2537 3012
emma.jenkins@ebacomms.com

austriamicrosystems
Emma Jenkins
852 2537 8022
jenkins@ebacomms.com


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