Programmable Hall Switch from Diodes Incorporated Extends Flexibility of Detection Circuit Designs

  Programmable Hall Switch from Diodes Incorporated Extends Flexibility of
  Detection Circuit Designs

Business Wire

PLANO, Texas -- March 27, 2013

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier
of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad
discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today introduced a
programmable omnipolar Hall effect switch enabling designers to use the same
contactless detection circuit in multiple applications or with different field
strengths. The miniature and micropower AH1898 is suitable for numerous
portable consumer applications including cell phones, tablets and cameras as
well as a variety of domestic, office and industrial equipment.

Able to detect both north and south magnetic fields, the AH1898 features a
band-select pin, which allows device sensitivity to be changed to one of two
predefined magnetic sensitivity ranges. In addition, it can also be used
change the band on the fly, using an external logic source or microcontroller.
The high sensitivity of the Hall sensor also means that it can support weaker,
lower cost magnets and can be used at a greater distance from the magnet.

The AH1898 Hall switch has been optimized for use over a 1.6V to 3.6V
low-voltage supply range and employs a hibernating clocking system to minimize
power consumption. With an average supply current of just 4.3µA (typical) at
1.8V, this micropower device helps to extend portable battery cell lifetime.

To ensure high reliability in a broad range of applications, the AH1898 has
been designed with an 8kV ESD rating on supply and output pins. Circuit
robustness is further raised by the AH1898’s chopper stabilized design,
delivering superior temperature stability over the operating range from -40ºC
to +85ºC, absolute minimum switch point drift, and enhanced immunity to RF
noise and physical stress.

The AH1898 is available in the miniature 0.8mm x 0.8mm CSP package, making it
12 times smaller than common TSOT-packaged alternatives. At the same time, its
simple 4-pin footprint and integration of pull-up resistors results in reduced
external component counts and a simplification of PCB layouts. For further
information, visit the Company’s website at www.diodes.com.

About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a Standard and Poor's SmallCap 600 and
Russell 3000 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of
high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete,
logic and analog semiconductor markets. Diodes serves the consumer
electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets.
Diodes' products include diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs, protection
devices, functional specific arrays, single gate logic, amplifiers and
comparators, Hall-effect and temperature sensors; power management devices,
including LED drivers, AC-DC converters and controllers, DC-DC switching and
linear voltage regulators, and voltage references along with special function
devices, such as USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and
motor controllers. Diodes’ corporate headquarters, logistics center, and
Americas' sales office are located in Plano, Texas. Design, marketing, and
engineering centers are located in Plano; San Jose, California; Taipei,
Taiwan; Manchester, England; and Neuhaus, Germany. Diodes’ wafer fabrication
facilities are located in Kansas City, Missouri and Manchester, with four
manufacturing facilities located in Shanghai, China, and two joint venture
facilities located in Chengdu, China, as well as manufacturing facilities
located in Neuhaus and Taipei. Additional engineering, sales, warehouse, and
logistics offices are located in Fort Worth, Texas; Taipei; Hong Kong;
Manchester; Shanghai; Shenzhen, China; Seongnam-si, South Korea; Suwon, South
Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Munich, Germany, with support offices throughout the
world. For further information, including SEC filings, visit Diodes’ website
at http://www.diodes.com.

Contact:

Diodes Incorporated
Julie Holland,972-987-3900
VP, Worldwide Analog Products
pressinquiries@diodes.com
or
Investor Relations Contact:
Shelton Group
Leanne K. Sievers, 949-224-3874
EVP, Investor Relations
lsievers@sheltongroup.com
 
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