Programmable Device Increases Reliability of Industrial and Computing Systems
September 22, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif., September 22, 2008 – IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; NASDAQ: IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, is setting a new benchmark for system monitoring solutions for the industrial and computing markets. The company today introduced a single-chip solution that monitors multiple computing processes simultaneously. The new system monitoring device is designed to watch the voltage, processor operation and temperature in any type of computing system, including servers, routers, storage area networks and POS registers. The device prevents these types of systems from operating in error or unsafe modes, thus eliminating potential system damage and performance errors.
The IDT 9WDV3501 system monitor device is pin programmable, allowing customers to purchase a single device that meets all of their system specifications rather than purchasing several individual devices — each with separate functionality. This now gives IDT customers greater design flexibility while lowering design and inventory costs.
Features and Benefits
The IDT system monitor features a power-on reset function that holds the reset pins in active mode when the user first turns on the power switch, allowing the power supplies to reach maximum levels. This helps prevent incorrect system starts, protecting against potential system errors and unnecessarily restarting the system.
The IDT system monitor also features a watchdog timer that monitors the control microprocessor to ensure it is functioning correctly. Acting as a system failsafe, the device monitors an I/O pin on the microprocessor, and if that I/O pin doesn’t pulse in a specified period of time, the system monitor assumes it is in an endless loop and resets the system.
In addition, the system monitor has a power supply monitor that continually checks the voltage levels of the system to see if any of the power supplies go below a specified minimum voltage, which could keep the logic or microprocessor from functioning correctly. If power supply levels reach the minimum voltage specification, the system monitor resets the system and keeps it reset until the power levels reach a safe condition, helping increase system reliability and preventing system parts from failing.
Pricing and Availability
The IDT system monitor is currently shipping in full production and is available in commercial and industrial temperature ranges. It is available in a 20-pin QFN or a 20-pin TSSOP package. The IDT system monitor is priced at $2.05 for 10,000 units. For additional information on the devices, visit www.IDT.com/go/sysmon.
About IDT Timing Solutions
IDT is a leading provider of timing solutions for communication, storage, industrial and digital consumer applications. The IDT portfolio of silicon timing devices offers differentiated solution elements, such as programmable platform, precision technology, advanced I/O and stratum-compliant synchronization. Specific families include devices for clock generation, programmable skew, zero delay and non-Phase Locked Loop (PLL)-based clock fanout. For additional information on IDT timing solutions, visit www.IDT.com/go/timing.
With the goal of continuously improving the digital media experience, IDT integrates its fundamental semiconductor heritage with essential innovation, developing and delivering low-power, mixed signal solutions that solve customer problems. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., IDT has design, manufacturing and sales facilities throughout the world. IDT stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” Additional information about IDT is available at www.IDT.com.
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