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austriamicrosystems IC Selected for Personal Navigation Devices

December 21, 2007

Core Logic has selected the AS3518 highly integrated stereo audio codec with enhanced system power management for a reference design for its JADE personal navigation devices.


UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, announced that Core Logic (KOSDAQ: 048870), a leading provider of integrated application processor chip sets and newer chip sets for portable navigation devices (PNDs) under the brand name JADE, has selected its highly integrated AS3518 audio codec and advanced power management IC (audio front end) to power a reference design aimed at personal navigation devices and multi-media phones.

The AS3518 is a member of a comprehensive family of integrated audio and power management devices that combine in a monolithic chip all system analog functions required for a digital System-on-Chip (SoC) for mobile entertainment devices. austriamicrosystems targets versatile single chip companion analog devices that complement increasingly complex mobile SoC processors by still saving board space and cost while offering improved performance when compared to discrete components.

austriamicrosystems' flexible and highly integrated audio and power management devices include functions such as low power and high quality audio DAC and ADCs, audio amplifiers, battery charging for Li-Ion and other popular types, efficient DC/DC step-up/step-down power converters, LDOs, ultra low power RTC, high voltage backlight power unit and touch screen interface amongst others. Advanced power management techniques like dynamic voltage with frequency scaling or adjustable DC/DC converters enable high efficiency over a wide range of current loads. A DC-DC step-down charger with wide-input range and programmability supports high current battery charging.

High performance analog design expertise is the core competence of austriamicrosystems, still the only semiconductor vendor able to combine high current switching DC/DC converters and high voltage circuits together with precision high performance audio DAC, ADCs and amplifiers in one single IC. To date these integrated products have enabled over 100 million of mobile devices.

Charles Chulsoo Park, general manager at Core Logic, commented, "We are pleased to be working with austriamicrosystems as their expertise in high performance analog chip design has enabled Core Logic to deliver successful and timely reference designs for the portable navigation market at reduced cost and increased performance."

Roberto Simmarano, senior marketing director communications at austriamicrosystems, added, "The focus on supporting Core Logic in their development of personal navigation applications has enabled austriamicrosystems to successfully deliver reference designs with simplified end customer support and rapid deployment to market of new products. Our customers expect the very best technologies with minimal time-to-market constraints so we are proud to work with a leading provider setting the pace in the Asian market in highly integrated application processors for multimedia phones."

austriamicrosystems will present its current and new generation integrated audio and power management products in an off-exhibition suite at CES 2008 in Las Vegas.

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems 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 customized 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).


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