San Jose, Calif. Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FIN212AC, a µSerDes device designed for serializing high-speed signals in multi-megapixel-resolution CMOS and CCD image sensors, commonly found in portable products including cell phones with built-in cameras. The FIN212AC can be configured as a serializer or deserializer and is implemented in pairs. Patented CTL technology operates well in noisy RF environments by eliminating additional shielding required by similar high-speed signals while offering a low EMI of -110 dBM. It is beneficial when used in portable electronics with clamshell and slider form factors, where minimizing the number of signals across a hinge reduces board space and improves reliability.
The device offers selectable LVCMOS edge rates and pulse width to increase design flexibility while minimizing EMI. These features allow the designer to tune to a particular frequency range and enable implementations for both RGB and µController interfaces without requiring software modifications. Although primarily targeting 8 to 12-bit camera interfaces in cell phones, the FIN212AC is also well suited for applications with similar parallel interfaces up to 12 bits, including laptops with integrated web cams, VOIP phones and security cameras. Featuring a power-down mode of ~0.1 µA when not transmitting data and aids in conserving battery life in portable applications. Additionally, the device's small BGA and MLP packages can be mounted on a PCB or directly on the flex. These lead (Pb)-free packages meet the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020C and are compliant with European Union regulations now in effect.
Pricing: Begins at $1.30 each in 1,000-piece quantities
Data Sheet: FIN212AC
Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com