austriamicrosystems to Manufacture DS2’s Analog Chip for Power Line Communication Products

December 27, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

austriamicrosystems announced that it will produce Design of Systems on Silicon's (DS2) advanced analog chip DSS7800. The new analog chip developed by DS2, a leading supplier of silicon and software for Power line Communications (PLC) conforms to the Universal Powerline Association's (UPA) global powerline standards and is the basis for development of more compact, lower cost, high performance 200 Mbps powerline communications products.

The DSS7800 chip is used in the analog front end of powerline modems for In-home PLC networking and it will be the perfect complement to DS2's digital chip family used in every home networking device: from ADSL or CATV residential gateways and video-phones for advanced communications to home theatre systems, personal video recorders and game stations - in fact any device for consumer entertainment.

"We are delighted to be able to announce volume production of our new chip with austriamicrosystems during first quarter in 2007. We have a long standing relationship based on mutual respect for dedication to quality and timely delivery. Our analog chip is the only available customized analog chip for powerline communications. The DSS7800 recently received a CES 2007 Honoree award for excellence in engineering and design and will be demonstrated during the CES. Through our cooperation with austriamicrosystems and the development of this highly integrated chip we maintain our lead on the cost reduction curve for dedicated, standards-based silicon for powerline communications applications," stated Jorge Blasco, President and CEO of DS2.

"The innovative analog chip DSS7800 is already the second successful product in our long lasting cooperation with DS2. Offering a turnkey solution for DS2's advanced analog chip is a further successful example of austriamicrosystems' Full Service Foundry flow," stated Peter Gasteiner, Senior VP and General Manager Full Service Foundry. "DS2's know-how and expertise in chip design of high performance power line products combined with austriamicrosystems' Full Service Foundry flow and experience in wafer fabrication will make the DSS7800 a very successful product in the power line market."