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Elantec introduces 3 High Performance Read Channel ICs for DVD/CD Drives
The EL6262C, EL6263C and EL6265C offer read channel solutions for CD/DVD optical pickup head designs

 MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, August 13, 2001 -- Elantec Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNT), a leader in high-performance analog ICs, today announced three new read channel pre-amplifiers for the emerging high growth DVD and DVD/CD Dual Writer optical drive market segments. Elantec has developed a read channel pre-amplifier to provide a system-level solution that works with the company's industry-standard write channel DVD/CD laser driver ICs. The three new read channel pre-amplifier ICs -- the EL6262C, EL6263C and EL6265C -- are compatible with CD and DVD industry standard media.

The EL6262C, EL6263C and EL6265C are highly integrated analog-intensive mixed-signal ICs designed to sense and amplify the read channel photo-detector diode currents while performing buffering and pin programmable gain-switching functions. The family consists of two 8-channel pre-amplifiers, the EL6262C and the EL6263C, and a 13-channel pre-amplifier, the EL6265C. All pre-amplifiers incorporate an auto-zero function that reduces the amplifier's initial and differential offset errors or any temperature offset errors down to less than 10mV per amplifier. This feature increases the dynamic range, and, consequently, lowers tracking and read-back errors.

Stephen P. Sacarisen, Elantec's Director Strategic Marketing, Optical Products Group said, "The EL6262C, EL6263C and EL6265C represent our commitment to develop the technology for the read channel pre-amplifiers solution for the optical pickup (OPU) design. These pre-amplifier solutions complement our DVD/CD writable laser driver products and enable Elantec to offer a broader product offering into the emerging high-growth DVD and DVD/CD Dual Writer market."

Samples of the EL6262C, EL6263C in the LPP32 package and the EL6265C in the LPP38 package are available now. Evaluation boards also are available.

For more information please contact Steve Sacarisen at Elantec Corporate Headquarters in Milpitas, California, at (408) 945-1323 x 345 or visit our web site at

Elantec designs, manufactures and markets high performance analog integrated circuits primarily for the video, optical storage, communications and power management 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, and cost effectiveness 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 most recent Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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