South Portland, MaineFairchild Semiconductor is sampling a dual-supply bi-directional translator that is configurable for both uni-directional and independent bi-directional voltage translation between two logic levels.
Designated the FXL2TD245, the dual-supply bi-directional translator is housed in a MicroPak package, measuring 0.55-mm x 1.6-mm x 2.1-mm. According to Fairchild, the FXL2TD245 is 80 percent smaller than comparable dual-supply translators in SOIC packages. It also replaces two 1-bit components used in typical designs.
"Fairchild's FXL2TD245 offers independent-direction controls for each bit, a truly unique attribute that allows this translator to be configured for many different designs," said Gary O'Donnell, Fairchild's technical marketing manager Logic Products. "By offering this full functionality in an ultra-compact MicroPak, the FXL2TD245 offers a significantly smaller footprint than similar products on the market. This flexible, compact translator helps our customers minimize time-to-market, save board space and reduce bill-of-materials (BOM) cost, all vital considerations for today's low-voltage applications."
While the FXL2TD245 translator's small size makes it suitable for use cell phones, PDAs, gaming devices and other portable applications, it also offers designers a wide voltage range of 1.1-V to 3.6-V. As a result, it can also accommodate the voltage requirements of a variety of consumer and industrial applications.
The FXL2TD245 costs 85 cents each in 1,000-piece quantities.
For a datasheet in PDF format, go to www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/FX/FXL2TD245.pdf.
Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., 1-207-775-8100, www.fairchildsemi.com