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Elantec Semiconductor Introduces a New Four-Channel Laser Driver for the CD-R/W Market
MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1999--Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a leader in high-performance analog ICs, today introduced a new laser driver that allows for more precise control of the laser's power. The EL6276C joins the highly successful Elantec family of laser driver ICs that have been designed specifically for the emerging high-growth CD-R/W optical disk drive market.

The EL6276C is compliant with the Orange Specification Standard for CD-R and CD-R/W write speed formats, and offers industry-standard laser driver functions and compatibility. Steve Sacarisen, the Director of the Optical Products Group at Elantec says, "The Orange Book Specifications require only three independent laser power levels for CD-R/W write strategy. The EL6276C has four independently controlled channels that can be used separately or in combination for read, erase, write and quench power levels. Having a fourth channel offers more precise control of the laser's power which, in turn, enables faster write speeds."

Furthermore, Mr. Sacarisen adds, "By integrating the four current channels needed for the read, erase, bias, and write laser drive power levels with a high frequency modulator (HFM), oscillator, and a high-speed power output current driver, the EL6276C reduces board space, component count, and design time and provides the flexibility required to optimize the design."

The EL6276C is available in a 24-pin QSOP package. Mr. Sacarisen says, "This package offers improved heat dissipation and an integrated solution giving OEMs the flexibility to design the optimum solution based on both space and power dissipation."

Pricing for the EL6276C is $2.79 in 100-piece quantities. Contact the factory for higher quantity pricing.

For more information please contact Steve Sacarisen at Elantec Corporate Headquarters, Milpitas, CA, at (408) 945-1323 x 345.

Elantec designs, manufactures and markets high performance analog integrated circuits primarily for the optical storage, video, integrated DC:DC and xDSL markets. The Company targets high growth commercial markets in which advances in digital integrated circuits technology are driving increasing demand for high-speed, high-performance and lower power consumption analog circuits.

Certain matters discussed in this press release pertaining to the market conditions and market trends 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 1998 Form 10-K and Forms 10Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein.

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