San Jose, Calif.Pericom Semiconductor Corp. recently expanded its P14ULS translator family with two devices that employ a new patented, advanced Universal Level Shifter (ULS) technology.
The PI4ULS3V16(M) and PI4ULS3V08(M) family of voltage translators are designed with a voltage level shifter, allowing designers to use a bi-directional automatic director sensor to support different voltage levels in next-generation applications.
The devices can translate signals at a data rate of up to 160-Mbits/s under industrial temperatures conditions. Depending on the capacitive load, frequencies and the selected driver's strength, the devices can drive signals 10 to 20 inches on either side of the device.
Each port has its own supply voltage, which can be set within the range of 1.4-V to 3.6-V. The voltage translator devices can also be used as an 8-bit or 16-bit bus driver with 12-mA of drive strength per bit.
"Each bit within a product will have its own automatic direction sensing circuitry; therefore, each bit can independently translate data from one IC to another without any direction control signals," said Shaf Rahman, director of marketing for switch and interface products, in a statement. "This means that two ICs can drive a signal simultaneously, as long as they are driving different bits. The implementation of this new advanced technology is accomplished by using two drive strengths per bit along with a bus hold implementation."
Devices with part numbers that have the letter 'M' are housed in 3-mm X 6-mm TQFN and TFBGA packages, making them suitable for the mobile handset market.
The company did not provide pricing information.
Pericom Semiconductor Corp., 1-408-435-0800, www.pericom.com.