MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Linear Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: LLTC) today announced that Power Electronics Technology magazine has selected Linear's LT3080 three-terminal low dropout linear regulator as Product of the Year. The award was presented today at the Power Electronics Technology Conference in Dallas to Linear Technology Vice President Engineering and Chief Technical Officer Robert Dobkin, who developed the product. David Morrison, Editor of Power Electronics Technology, stated, "Among the hundreds of power components introduced each year, there are numerous devices with exciting performance improvements and novel features. This continuing wave of innovation makes selecting a single product for special recognition a particularly daunting challenge. Linear Technology's LT3080 was selected as this year's Product of the Year because it offers an intriguing combination of novelty and usefulness. By redesigning the low-dropout linear regulator, Linear has given engineers an extremely flexible building block that should help solve current and future board-level power challenges." Robert Dobkin, CTO of Linear Technology, stated, "Manufactured in a bipolar transistor process, the LT3080 expands the easy-to-use linear regulator into modern high performance systems. With its low voltage operation and the ability to parallel devices for higher output, it can do circuit tricks that no other regulator can. This is a new general purpose and more useful architecture for regulators that will proliferate with time." The LT3080 is a 1.1A three-terminal linear regulator that can easily be paralleled for heat spreading and is adjustable to zero with a single resistor. This new architecture regulator uses a current reference and voltage follower to allow sharing between multiple regulators with a small length of PC trace as ballast, enabling multi-amp linear regulation in all surface-mount systems without heat sinks. The LT3080 achieves high performance with wide input voltage capability from 1.2V to 40V, a dropout voltage of only 300mV and millivolt regulation. The output voltage is adjustable, spanning a wide range from 0V to 40V, and the on-chip trimmed reference achieves high accuracy of +/-1%. The LT3080 really shines in generating multirail systems. As a historical note, the LT3080 is a significant refinement over the industry-standard three-terminal linear regulators first developed by Robert Dobkin over 30 years ago. The new LT3080 device allows designers more flexibility in designing the power portion of their systems most simply and with optimal spreading of heat across the board. Since the introduction of the LT3080 in July, there has been significant customer interest across a wide range of system applications. About Linear Technology Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, was founded in 1981, became a public company in 1986 and joined the S&P 500 index of major public companies in 2000. Linear Technology products include high performance amplifiers, comparators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning circuits, and many other analog functions. Applications for Linear Technology's high performance circuits include telecommunications, cellular telephones, networking products such as optical switches, notebook and desktop computers, computer peripherals, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, security monitoring devices, high-end consumer products such as digital cameras and MP3 players, complex medical devices, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, and military and space systems. For more information, visit http://www.linear.com. Note: LT and LTC are registered trademarks of Linear Technology Corporation.
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