Volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
Microchip Technology introduced the volatile MCP47A1 Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) . This low-power, low-cost DAC features a 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range, and is offered in a 6-pin SC70 package. The MCP47A1  is ideal for applications in the automotive, audio and industrial markets, such as portable, handheld battery-operated products, and applications such as set-point or offset trimming and sensitive mechanical-trim pot replacement.
The extended temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees Celsius allows for use in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications. Additionally, the small SC70 packaging allows for more portable and space-constrained consumer applications. The MCP47A1 DAC also provides 65 taps, through an I2C™ interface, including taps to both full-scale and zero-scale, providing additional functionality. Low power consumption extends lifetimes in applications with finite power supplies, and the low cost is suitable for cost-sensitive applications.
“The MCP47A1 is optimized for system power reduction and cost reduction,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, vice president of marketing with Microchip’s Analog & Interface Products Division . “Because of its extended temperature range, this new DAC can also be used in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications.”
The MCP47A1  DAC is available today for sampling and volume production, at $0.42 each in 5,000-unit quantities. It is offered in a 6-pin SC70 package. For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/Q2UL . To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT  or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.
August 28, 2012