updated 3/9/2011 7:16:27 AM ET 2011-03-09T12:16:27

IRVINE, Calif., March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation(Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at building a smart, secure, connected world, today announced the immediate availability of its LXMG1645™ quad-lamp CCFL backlight inverters with the proven StayLITTM fault-management feature. Customers have a choice of two versions, supporting either a 12 volt (V) or a 24 V input source. The StayLIT feature enables multi-lamp displays to continue operating, even during individual or multi lamp failures. The LXMG1645 quad-lamp family brings the StayLIT capability to larger, more complex LCD panels used in health monitoring, ATMs and other mission-critical applications that require reliable, uninterrupted operation with consistent, evenly lit display quality. 

"CCFL technology still offers a proven, robust solution for applications such as medical patient monitoring that require bigger, more cost-effective panels capable of delivering round-the-clock reliability," said Irene Signorino, Director of Marketing, Lighting and Automotive Products with Microsemi. "Now, our quad-lamp CCFL backlighting inverters further improve reliability by including the ability to properly manage single- or multi-lamp fault events by disconnecting the faulty lamps and guaranteeing safe and continuous operation for the remaining ones. This ensures uninterrupted panel service for our customers' systems."

Key Features and Benefits

  • Both devices are based on Microsemi's patented LX6512™ IC
  • StayLIT fault-management circuitry ensures continuous operation in case of a partial backlight lamp system failure
  • The 12 V version is designed to support mid-sized quad-lamp LCD panels, such as NEC NL10276BC30-17D and NL10276BC30-33D panels
  • The 24 V version is designed to support mid-sized quad-lamp LCD panels, such as the NEC NL12876BC26-25 panel
  • Analog or digital pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming capabilities enhance the user experience while saving power
  • Output Short-Circuit Protection and Automatic Strike-Voltage Regulation features protect the panel in the event of an electrical malfunction
  • Patent-protected CCFL topology is designed to minimize EMI issues at the system level.
  • Designed to meet UL 60950 specifications (pending)
  • RoHS compliant

Microsemi's LXMG1645 family was developed to meet the specifications of several key lead customers in the health monitoring equipment segment. The family includes the LXMG1645-12-xx, which supports 12 V inputs, and the LXMG1645-24-xx, which supports the 24 V input requirements of more complex LCD panel systems. The new inverters also incorporate Microsemi's innovative backlighting IP and features, including the company's RangeMAX™ wide-range dimming technology, which enhances the user experience while reducing power consumption.

"Microsemi continues to be a top choice among major equipment manufacturers who need to solve tough challenges in display backlighting," said Paul Pickle, Corporate Vice President and General Manager for Microsemi's Analog Mixed Signal Group. "Microsemi has a long history of innovation in backlighting technology, spanning the full range of expertise from the sensor to the inverter, including ICs and complete modules used in both CCFL and LED lamp configurations. Our backlighting IP is being used to develop a growing variety of ready-to-use solutions that deliver advanced light-management capabilities for diverse applications."

Pricing and Availability

The LXMG1645 family is in full production with datasheet and samples available for customers.

For backlight inverters panel compatibility, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/backlight/overview.asp . Information about the complete product portfolio can be found at http://www.microsemi.com/inverters/CCFLSelectorGuide.pdf .

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Figure 1: LXMG1645 Board http://www.microsemi.com/PRImages/Microsemi_LXMG1645_Board.jpg

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor technology. Committed to solving the most critical system challenges, Microsemi's products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed signal integrated circuits, FPGAs and customizable SoCs, and complete subsystems. Microsemi serves leading system manufacturers around the world in the defense, security, aerospace, enterprise, commercial, and industrial markets. Learn more at http://www.microsemi.com .

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to the immediate availability of its LXMG1645™ quad-lamp CCFL backlight inverters with the proven StayLITTM fault-management feature, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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