Catalyst Enters Temperature Sensor Market

SANTA CLARA, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS) a supplier of analog, mixed-signal and non-volatile memory semiconductors, has unveiled its first device in a new line of temperature sensors. The new CAT6095 is a 12-bit digital output temperature sensor available in an ultra-thin, 0.55mm height UDFN package for DDR3 memory module applications in high-speed PCs and laptops, environmental control systems and industrial process control equipment. The CAT6095 can also be used for general temperature sensing applications in networking equipment, cellular base stations and medical equipment. The UDFN package provides accurate temperature monitoring in a 30 percent lower profile package compared to standard 2 x 3 x 0.8mm TDFN packages.

The CAT6095 is compliant to JEDEC specification JC42.4, providing ±1°C temperature sensing accuracy from 75°C–95°C and ±3°C accuracy from –20°C to 125°C, across the device's entire supply voltage range (3.0–3.6V). It measures and records the system temperature approximately 10 times per second, with readings compared to three trigger limits stored in the internal memory registers. Readings can be retrieved by the host system via the I2C/SMBus interface, with over- and under-limit conditions signaled on the open-drain EVENT pin.

In addition to the space-saving 2 x 3 x 0.55 mm height UDFN package, the CAT6095 is also available in the standard 2 x 3 x 0.8 mm TDFN package. Both packages contain an integrated backside metal pad for enhanced PC board thermal contact and faster sensing response time.


Product Features
-- 12-bit digital temperature sensor
-- Compliant to JEDEC spec JC42.4
-- Temperature range: –20°C to 125°C
-- Supply Range: 3.0–3.6 V
-- I2C/SMBus interface
8-pad UDFN 2 x 3mm (0.55 mm height)
8-pad TDFN 2 x 3mm (0.8 mm height)

Price and Availability
Pricing for the CAT6095 temperature sensor is $0.35 each, in 10,000 piece quantities. Samples are available now. Projected lead-time for production quantities is currently 6 to 8 weeks ARO.

About Catalyst Semiconductor
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Catalyst Semiconductor designs and markets analog, mixed-signal and non-volatile memory products, including Digitally Programmable Potentiometers (DPP), white and color LED drivers, DC/DC converters, LDO regulators, voltage supervisors, bus expanders, serial and parallel EEPROMs, Flash and NVRAM. Many of Catalyst's products incorporate the company's Quantum Charge Programmable technology, to deliver Adaptive Analog products, which offer a new level of customer flexibility, lower power and smaller die size. Catalyst products are used in telecommunications, computer, automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Typical applications include LCD displays, automotive lighting, optical networks, printers, modems, wireless LANs, network cards, DIMM modules, cellular telephones, navigation systems, set-top boxes and Internet routers.

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