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2008-09-01  MPS

MONOLITHIC POWER SYSTEMS (MPS) is a high-performance analog semiconductor company headquartered in San Jose, California with design centers and sales offices in Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. Founded in 1997, the company has three core strengths; deep system-level and applications knowledge, strong analog design expertise, and an innovative proprietary process technology. These combined advantages enable MPS to deliver highly integrated monolithic products that offer energy efficient, cost-effective solutions.

MPS’ systems and applications expertise stems from a team of industry veterans who possess a combination of highly technical electronics knowledge, sophisticated system and IC level design capabilities and extensive customer application experience. This allows the company to work closely with customers to identify new product opportunities, reduce time-to-market (TTM) and competently support its applications. In addition, MPS has developed a portfolio of intellectual property and proprietary processes that enhance its products and market share.

MPS’ proprietary BCD Plus™ process technology is focal point to their competitive advantage. Many conventional analog technologies are handicapped by an inability to support the integration of power devices at high power levels. This results in unacceptably large semiconductors and/or significant levels of power loss. High power loss results in significant heat dissipation. This must be managed to avoid damaging or reducing the overall performance and efficiency of the system.

Other analog semiconductor vendors rely on multiple chip solutions to avoid these issues. In contrast, MPS’ BCD Plus process technology resolves each of these issues. Implemented at standard CMOS foundries, this unique process integrates BiCMOS signal transistors with a highly efficient DMOS power transistor. This allows MPS to design and deliver smaller, single-chip power management ICs that are highly efficient and accurate. In addition, MPS’ single process technology simplifies the design process, and is applicable across a wide range of analog applications. The result is higher productivity and significant cost advantages for any MPS customer.

MPS’ innovated family of products includes:

* DC/DC converter ICs that provide the supply voltage to a variety of electronic devices

* LED driver ICs, used in lighting displays, such as those found in cellular handsets and handheld computing devices

* Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) backlight inverter ICs, used in lighting LCD displays, such as those found in notebook computers, flat panel displays and televisions

* Class D audio amplifier ICs, that are well-suited for small form factor and portable electronic devices

* Linear ICs including Operational and Current Sense Amplifiers

MPS also recently announced two new family of products, Power Over Ethernet (PoE) PD Solutions, PD Identity and the Photo-Flash line that includes Xenon-flash solutions with the fastest charging time in the industry and high-efficiency, high-power WLED camera flash drivers. These parts are optimized for DSC and SLR camera applications, video camcorders with still-picture capability, and high-end mobile phones.

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Fig.1: High-Voltage-Requirements for DC/DC-Buck
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Fig.2: MP3551 - 60V, 2A integrated Foto-Flash Charging Device with IGBT-Driver
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Fig.3: MP3900 - Highly efficient Boost-Controller
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Fig.4: MP3908 - Power-mode-PMW-Controller with a synchronic secondary Gate-Driver
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Fig.5: MP8801 - 15 Watt Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Powered Device (PD) Controller

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