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Elantec Introduces a New Laser Driver IC that Enables Faster CD-R/W Drive Speeds

Highly Integrated Laser Driver for up to 20X CD-R/W Speed Designs

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2000--Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a leader in high-performance analog ICs, introduced its second product in a new family of high-speed laser drivers that will enable faster CD read/write (R/W) speed designs in the high-growth CD-R/W optical disk drive market.

The EL6288CU is a faster, functionally compatible version of the Elantec's popular EL6273C. Like the EL6273C, the EL6288C integrates the automatic power control (APC) amplifier with the three current channels needed for the read, erase, and write laser drive power levels, which complies with the Orange Specification Standard for CD-R and CD-R/W write strategy formats. The EL6288C also integrates the high frequency modulator (HFM) oscillator and a power output driver. The high level of integration in Elantec laser drivers such as the EL6288C enables the design of a more compact optical pick-up unit (OPU) by reducing component count and signal routing. It also saves design time, reduces board space, and lowers production costs.

Steve Sacarisen, Director of Strategic Marketing, Optical Products Group said, "The EL6288C laser driver offers OEMs one of the best high-performance, cost-effective solutions for developing products with the higher read/write 'X' speeds demanded by the PC and consumer CD-R/W drive markets." Furthermore, Sacarisen added, "Since the EL6288C is functionally compatible with our industry standard EL6273CU, our customers can stay competitive by moving quickly up the 'X' speed curve."

Pricing for the EL6288C is $2.50 in quantities of 10,000 pieces. Samples of the EL6288C in the 16-pin QSOP package are available now and the lead-time for production quantities is 8-10 weeks.

For more information please contact Steve Sacarisen at Elantec's Corporate Headquarters in Milpitas, CA, at 408/945-1323 ext. 345, or visit the Company's web site at

Elantec designs, manufactures and markets high performance analog integrated circuits primarily for the video, optical storage, power management, and communications markets. The Company targets high growth commercial markets in which advances in digital integrated circuit technology are driving increasing demand for high speed, high performance and low power consumption analog circuits.

Certain matters discussed in this press release pertaining to the market trends, product performance, cost effectiveness, and design-in time are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include product introductions by the Company's competitors, competitive pricing pressures, fluctuations in manufacturing yield, changes in the mix or markets in which products are sold, availability and cost of raw materials and other risks discussed in the Company's 1999 Form 10-K and most recent form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein.

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