Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TowerJazz and DMB announce volume production and shipping

MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL & BUNDANG, KOREA: TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and DMB Technology, a leader of total power management solutions based on innovative analog/mixed-signal power management integrated circuits, announced volume production and shipping of DMBT's digital audio amplifier using TowerJazz's 0.18-micron based TS35PM Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) process.

This amp, developed by DMBT for a leading digital audio amplifier manufacturer will be embedded in high volume digital TV and mini/micro audio systems. According to a report by DisplaySearch, LCD TVs continue to be the primary TV type shipped worldwide, and were estimated to account for about 84 percent of all TV shipments in 2011. Total LCD TV shipments are expected to increase steadily, reaching 270 million units by 2014.

DMBT chose TowerJazz over other foundries for its technology benefits which allowed DMBT to hit key metrics, such as greatly lowering heat dissipation as well as significantly shrinking the die. DMBT is supported technically and logistically by TowerJazz's office in Korea. Other devices the companies are collaborating on include: LED drivers, LNBP ICs, and DC/DC converters.

"DMBT is very satisfied with the accomplishment of our digital audio amp product on TowerJazz's 0.18-micron technology platform. We were able to achieve this milestone with the support of the TowerJazz team and relying on the stability and performance of its TS35/18PM process. Especially, we are happy to be served by TowerJazz's Korea office for technical support and expect to use its Japan fab soon in order to manufacture our products at a near proximity to our headquarters," said Dong-Youl Jeong, DMB Technology's CTO.

"The close co-operation between the DMB design/application engineers and our device engineering teams was critical in the development of this leading edge product," said Todd Mahlen, VP of APAC Sales/Power Business Development. "It validated the vision that our superior TS18/35PM modular power platform combined with a strong technical fabless customer like DMBT can create industry leading solutions for today's marketplace."

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