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Dongbu HiTek Unveils Low-Voltage BCDMOS Process for Efficient Power Management in Smart Phones and Tablet Computers

Dongbu HiTek today announced the immediate availability of a Low Voltage BCDMOS Process (BD130LV) at the 0.13-micron node that is ideally suited for implementing the main Power Management IC (PMIC) for smart phones and tablet computers.

“By moving from 0.18-micron to 0.13-micron BCDMOS processing, our new low-voltage process substantially reduces the amount of silicon area needed to implement the most desirable PMIC functions,” said Jae Song, Dongbu HiTek EVP of marketing. “Indeed, our BD130LV process includes high-speed switching DC-DC converters, high-efficiency low-dropout regulators (LDOs), a low-noise class D audio CODEC and LED backlighting as well as battery charger circuitry that provides up to 2.0 amps output.”

Song emphasized that his firm’s specialized BCDMOS enables the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson). Minimizing leakage current and power consumption, the process also supports popular operating voltages from 1.5V to 6V as well as 1.2V to comply with USB battery charging specifications. “We believe our BD130LV offers fabless firms an unsurpassed range of options in designing high-efficiency PMICs for compact mobile products,” he added.

The foundry compatible BD130LV process deploys industry-leading N/PLDMOS transistors that operate up to 40V. Fully isolated nLDMOS transistors that operate up to 20V are also available along with MIM capacitance values adjusted to operating voltage, high-sheet poly resistors at various values, Schottky Diode and Bipolar transistors plus devices that protect against ESD. Royalty free memory may also be accessed. As with all Dongbu HiTek processes, the new BD130LV is supported by a fully characterized process design kit (PDK) and standard CAD tools.

The PMIC market for smart phone and tablet computers, according to iSuppli, is forecast to grow from approximately $3.0 billion this year to more than $3.5 billion in 2017, representing a CAGR of more than five percent. Dongbu HiTek’s specialized Analog and BCDMOS processes are well suited to implement chips for this segment as well as others in the overall PMIC market, which are expected to experience steady growth through 2017.

About Dongbu HiTek

Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd. specializes in developing superb analog and mixed-signal processing technologies. The company adds high value to advanced ICs with a processing portfolio that encompasses Analog CMOS, BCDMOS, High Voltage CMOS, CMOS Power Amplifier (PA), CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), Display Driver IC (DDI), Touch Screen Controller IC and Embedded Flash technologies. With its best-in-class BCDMOS technology, the company manufactures power management chips that serve numerous applications ranging from home and handheld electronics to automotive and industrial systems. Currently processing technologies at nodes ranging from 0.35 microns to 90 nanometers, the company complements its world class foundry capabilities with top quality design support, prototype verification and packaging/module development. Headquartered in Seoul, Dongbu HiTek publicly trades its stock under 000990 on the Korea Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.dongbuhitek.com.

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