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Philips to house its 16C quad UARTs in the HVQFN package

Posted: 22 Aug 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics  Philips  uart  hvqfn 

Royal Philips Electronics disclosed that its 4-channel advanced 16C quad UARTs will be made available in the industry's smallest packages—the HVQFN. The company's smallest 4-channel quad UARTs, sized at 36mm², promise a 90 percent space savings compared to the industry's current smallest package size of 144mm².

The company also introduced what it touts as the industry's smallest fully functional quad UARTs in 49mm² LQFP and LFBGA packages. The new packages offer manufacturers a simple way to reduce overall board size and decrease design time for devices such as mobile phones, servers and high-definition TV.

"By further extending our existing UART portfolio, Philips is providing its customers with devices that include high levels of integration and advanced features in the smallest possible form factors," commented Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, VP and GM, Standard ICs Business Line, Multimarket Semiconductors at Philips Semiconductors.

System designers regard UARTs as one of the best way to transfer data from a CPU or microcontroller to other parts of the system, and are extensively used for this purpose. With the introduction of these new parts, Philips is the first supplier to offer a portfolio of 1-, 2- and 4-channel advanced UARTs in small packaging that benefits applications that require high speed, low voltage, low power, higher data transfer rates and multiple communication ports in a small package, said the press release.

Philips is offering the 4-channel UARTs in the low-power 16C "B" versions that have broad operating ranges at 2.5-, 3.3- or 5V. They are also available in extended temperature ranges, from -45°C to 85°C. The high data rate of 5Mbps and fast bus interface speeds combined with low sleep current at about 50µA make them an attractive solution for both high-speed and power-constrained applications, added the company.

These new UARTs are already available.

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