AMI Semiconductor Unveils Its New Evaluation Kit for Accurate Measurement of Power Failure Durations in Industrial Applications |

AMI Semiconductor Unveils Its New Evaluation Kit for Accurate Measurement of Power Failure Durations in Industrial Applications

Pocatello, IDAHO (November 10, 2003) - AMI Semiconductor (NASDAQ: AMIS), a designer and manufacturer of state-of -the-art integrated mixed-signal products and structured digital products for the automotive, medical and industrial sectors, today unveiled its new AMIS EVK-70020 evaluation kit. The evaluation kit provides a plug-and-play solution for engineers to quickly begin testing and developing space-saving, low component count solutions for the accurate measurement of power failure durations in industrial applications.

Based around the recently launched AMIS-70020 'Power Failure Elapsed Time Counter' IC, the AMIS EVK-70020 evaluation kit will help designers to reduce the component count, cost and time-to-market for industrial power failure duration monitoring systems. These systems are typically used in factory automation, process control, and other applications where accurate knowledge of power failure duration is needed for equipment and material protection.

AMIS has designed the new kit to allow users to begin the evaluation and development process as quickly and as easily as possible. Once the evaluation board is connected to the USB port of a PC it is auto-detected and powered, eliminating the need for an external power supply or the installation of software drivers. The board allows the user to evaluate the AMIS-70020 in a "stand alone IC evaluation-mode" or in a "system integration mode". In the system integration mode, an external voltage supply to be monitored can be connected directly to the board, allowing the user to test the AMIS-70020 IC in its target application.

Each kit is supplied with an evaluation board, five samples of the AMIS-70020 IC, a USB cable and a CD ROM. The CD-ROM combines a graphical user interface for programming and control of the IC, with a step-by-step user guide for the kit and detailed documentation on the AMIS-70020 part. Using the software, designers can quickly and easily set key parameters including selection of either the USB powered or external voltage source and the simulation of a variety of power failure conditions.

Developed specifically for industrial environments, the AMIS-70020 is a compact IC that integrates all necessary counter functionality along with an internal 1kHz oscillator, power management circuitry and a two-wire interface. The IC offers autonomous stop/start operation and can measure power failure durations of up to five hours with a one second resolution. Using the device, designers can reduce their overall bill of materials (BOM) by eliminating the need for external components including oscillators, diodes and additional power circuitry.

The new AMIS EVK-70020 evaluation kit is available from AMI Semiconductor at a cost of approximately $99 USD.

About AMI Semiconductor:
AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a leader in the design and manufacture of customer-specific integrated mixed-signal products and structured digital products. AMIS is committed to providing customers with the optimal value, quickest time-to-market silicon solutions. Offering unparalleled manufacturing flexibility and dedication to customer service, AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centres located in the key markets of the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit the AMIS Web site at
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