Diodes Incorporated’s Hall Switches Optimize Sensitivity

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today announced four omnipolar Hall effect switches offering sensitivities to closely match the magnetic field strengths used in proximity and position detection duties in a variety of different product designs. These micropower devices have also been optimized for battery and low power operation, typically consuming just 24µW with a 3V supply.

Suitable for portable consumer devices, including cell phones, PDAs and laptops, as well as industrial products, the high sensitivity AH1806 and AH1808 are each designed using two Hall effect plates. With operating thresholds set at ±30G and ±40G, the switches enable users to closely control the detection point. To suit 2.8V and 3.3V power rails, the switches’ supply range is specified at 2.5V to 3.6V. AH1806 and AH1808 are initially being provided in the SOT553 package, with SC59(SOT23) versions following in Q1’2013.

The medium sensitivity AH1807 and low sensitivity AH1809 Hall effect switches provide typical operating points of ±80G and ±130G respectively and are used in applications featuring much stronger field strengths, including smart meters, home appliances and security equipment. For added flexibility, the switches’ supply range is 2.5V to 5.5V and operating temperature range is extended, from -40ºC to +125ºC. There are two package options to choose from, SOT553 and the leaded SIP-3L, with SC59(SOT23) again following in Q1’2013.

Based on innovative chopper stabilized architecture, the switches assure high reliability over their full operating range and are characterized by superior temperature stability, minimal switch point drift and enhanced immunity to stress. For further information, visit the Company’s website at www.diodes.com.

About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a Standard and Poor's SmallCap 600 and Russell 3000 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets. Diodes serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. Diodes' products include diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs, protection devices, functional specific arrays, single gate logic, amplifiers and comparators, Hall-effect and temperature sensors; power management devices, including LED drivers, DC-DC switching and linear voltage regulators, and voltage references along with special function devices, such as USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and motor controllers. The Company's corporate headquarters, logistics center, and Americas' sales office are located in Plano, Texas. Design, marketing, and engineering centers are located in Plano; San Jose, California; Taipei, Taiwan; Manchester, England; and Neuhaus, Germany. The Company's wafer fabrication facilities are located in Kansas City, Missouri and Manchester, with two manufacturing facilities located in Shanghai, China, another in Neuhaus, and two joint venture facilities located in Chengdu, China. Additional engineering, sales, warehouse, and logistics offices are located in Fort Worth, Texas; Taipei; Hong Kong; Manchester; and Munich, Germany, with support offices located throughout the world. For further information, including SEC filings, visit the Company's website at http://www.diodes.com.

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