IXYS’ Clare Introduces 2 New Gate Driver Families

IXD_602 and IXD_614 Gate Driver ICs are Ideal for Driving IXYS’ Power MOSFETs and IGBTs

BEVERLY, Mass. & BIEL, Switzerland — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 14, 2010 — IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ: IXYS) and Clare, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IXYS, announces the immediate availability of the IXD_602 family and the IXD_614 family, the two latest additions to the IXD_600 series of high current, ultrafast low-side gate driver ICs. Each of the two IXD_602 outputs are capable of sourcing and sinking 2A of peak current while producing rise and fall times of less than 10ns. To drive higher current IXYS power MOSFETs and IGBTs, the IXD_614 output is capable of sourcing and sinking 14A of peak current.

“We have updated and expanded our family of driver ICs as a natural extension to the wide range of power MOSFETs and IGBTs that we offer. Power MOSFETs and IGBTs need to be driven by robust and smart drivers ICs in order to improve power systems efficiency, reliability and performance. The input side of these drivers is designed to be controlled by our Zilog line of microcontrollers, for digital power management applications, in power conversion and motor control products,” commented Dr. Nathan Zommer, CEO of IXYS. “Some of these drivers can operate light power loads as stand alone drivers for solenoids, solid state relays, actuators and amplifiers.”

Both the IXD_602 and IXD_614 can operate with supply voltages from 4.5V to 35V, and are specified over the minus 40 degrees Centigrade to plus 125 degrees Centigrade automotive temperature range. The logic inputs are CMOS compatible and are virtually immune to latch up. Proprietary circuitry eliminates cross-conduction and current “shoot-through”. Low propagation delay times and fast, matched rise and fall times make the IXD_602 and IXD_614 families ideal for high-frequency and high-power applications.

The IXD_602 is available with two inverting drivers (IXDI602), with two non-inverting drivers (IXDN602), and with one inverting driver and one non-inverting driver (IXDF602). The IXD_602 is offered in 8-lead DFN, SOIC, power SOIC, and DIP packages.

The IXD_614 is available as an inverting driver with an output enable (IXDD614), an inverting driver (IXDI614), and a non-inverting driver (IXDN614). The IXD_614 is offered in an 8-lead power SOIC and DIP packages, and 5-lead TO-220 and TO-263 packages.

About Clare and IXYS Corporation

Clare, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of solid state relays and high voltage integrated circuits, is a wholly owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation. IXYS Corporation develops and markets primarily high performance power semiconductor devices that are used in controlling and converting electrical power efficiently in power systems for the telecommunication internet infrastructure, motor drives, medical systems, solar energy, wind energy, electrical generators and transportation. IXYS also serves its markets with a combination of digital and analog integrated circuits, RF power products and power subsystems including application-specific, embedded system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the industrial and consumer markets manufactured by its wholly owned subsidiary, Zilog, Inc. Additional information about Clare, IXYS and Zilog may be found at www.clare.com, www.ixys.com and www.zilog.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including the performance, rating, availability, reliability and suitability of products for various applications, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the results of IXYS to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.


Clare, Inc.
Catherine Austin, 978-524-6823
Fax: 978-524-4900

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