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austriamicrosystems Announces Optimized Power & Audio Management Unit For SiRF’s Navigation Processors

March 10, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

austriamicrosystems announced the product launch of its AS3650, said to be a highly integrated power and audio management unit with sophisticated audio features. The AS3650 specification was developed in close alignment with SiRF Technology Inc., fitting to PND systems with SiRF’s navigation processors.

The AS3650 power and audio management unit provides the entire system power management, battery management, linear and USB charging, a backlight driver for various screen sizes and a touch screen interface. In addition, the IC offers high performance audio functionality with audio DAC, ADC, audio mixer and several audio inputs and outputs in a single device. This feature set together with the functionality and performance of AS3650 are claimed to ensure a perfect fit to the entire SiRF PND processor family, from the industry standard SiRFatlas™ and SiRFtitan processors™ to the recently launched SiRFprima™ multifunction location platform.

"We are very proud of this excellent strategic cooperation with SiRF, a world leader in navigation processors. Manufacturers of battery powered devices around the world demand complete solutions with high performance and a perfect fit of processor and power management unit. The combination of austriamicrosystems’ power and audio management unit and SiRF processors gives real value to OEMs and customers", said Markus Luidolt, Marketing Manager Mobile Consumer Devices at austriamicrosystems.

"austriamicrosystems joins SiRF’s ecosystem of partners to help us deliver high performance and cost optimized PND reference designs. We believe that our cooperation with austriamicrosystems, combined with their expertise in the integration of sophisticated power management functions with complex analog audio blocks, will help reduce BOM and time to market for our PND customers around the globe. The AS3650 from austriamicrosystems is the first power management unit with audio management specifically tailored to SiRF’s multifunction location platform", commented David Wang, Senior Director of Marketing at SiRF.

Reference designs with AS3650 and the SiRFprima™ processors will be available in Q2 2008. The AS3650 is available in a BGA124, 8 x 8mm, package and is specified for -40 to +85°C ambient temperature.