SOURCE: Supertex


August 31, 2011 09:00 ET

Three Level, Three Channel MOSFET Driver From Supertex Delivers High Performance in Ultrasound Applications

MD1716 Minimizes Power Consumption While Providing Superior Imaging

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2011) - Supertex (NASDAQ: SUPX), a recognized leader in high voltage analog and mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs), today introduced MD1716, a three channel logic controller with twelve low impedance MOSFET gate drivers. When paired with a complementary MOSFET array, such as the Supertex TC8020, MD1716 forms a three channel, three level, high voltage, high speed, transmit pulser chip-set for high resolution imaging in medical ultrasound applications.

MD1716 has two separate gate drive voltage controls to minimize power consumption. It generates a three level waveform that is well-suited for CW, PW, and color Doppler ultrasound imaging. The IC has +/-2ns matched delay times, a 10ns propagation delay and a 6.5ns rise and fall time with a 1.0nF load.

"The small footprint and power efficiency of MD1716 make it ideally suited for today's portable medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems," states Stephen Lin, Vice President of Marketing for Supertex. "As demand for medical care access continues to increase, form factor reduction becomes an urgent requirement for portable systems. Supertex, with our growing family of new ultrasound products, is poised to meet and exceed the requirements of portable system designers."

The MD1716 is available in a 40-lead QFN package (MD1716K6-G). The part is RoHS compliant. Samples are available now. Lead-time for production quantities is 4-6 weeks ARO. Pricing is US$3.63 each for the MD1716K6-G in 1K quantities.

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Supertex, Inc. is a publicly held mixed signal semiconductor manufacturer, focused in high voltage analog and mixed signal products for use in the medical, LED lighting, display, industrial, and telecommunication industries. Supertex product, corporate and financial information is readily available at

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