FDK Enters Standard DC/DC Converter Market with New Series of Wide-input POL Converters
Senpai Series provides leading edge performance in industry-standard footprints

April 19, 2006

Standard DC/DC Converter
the standard dc/dc converter Senpai Series

San Jose, CA - April 19, 2006 - FDK Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section: Code 6955) announced its entry into the standard dc/dc converter market with the introduction of the Senpai Series of non-isolated point of load (POL) converters. These dc/dc converters are designed for Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) and Distributed Power Architecture (DPA) applications that require high efficiency, tight regulation, and high reliability in elevated temperature environments with low airflow.

The Senpai Series converters are offered in 5A, 10A, and 16A output current models, in SMD and SIP packages, with industry-standard footprint and pin-out. They operate from a wide input voltage range of 6.0V-14V DC, and provide programmable and fixed output voltages in the range of 0.75V-5.5V DC. All models feature remote ON/OFF, over-current and over-temperature protection, and output voltage adjust, and are compatible with standard trim equations.

The Senpai Series converters deliver full-rated output current, with little or no derating, at high ambient temperatures, with minimal airflow. At 3.3V DC output, in an ambient of 85 degrees Celsius with 100 LFM airflow, the 5A and 10A models provide full-rated current, and the 16A model provides 14A. This leading edge thermal performance results from electrical, thermal, and packaging design that is optimized for high density circuit card conditions.

"We have seen a need in the telecom and datacom industries for high performance, cost effective dc/dc converters," said Katsuya Fujii, President and CEO of FDK America, Inc. "FDK is a 56 year old company that is known for its high quality electronic components and batteries. We are applying those same high standards, manufacturing excellence, and R&D to our new Senpai Series."

All Senpai Series products are RoHS compliant. They are manufactured using FDK's state of the art in-house manufacturing processes and systems. In quantities of 1,000 pieces, the 5A, 10A, and 16A models are priced at $6.00, $10.00, and $12.00, respectively. Samples are available now.

For more information call 408-432-8331, or visit our website at www.fdkamerica.com.

FDK America, Inc. FDK Electronics GmbH
Tekeo Aridomi Katsutoshi Muramatsu
E-mail: taridomi@fdk.com E-mail: katutosi@fdk.com
TEL: +1-(408)432-8331 TEL: +49-(0)211-537-464-0

Andrea Roberts Yukihiro Ota
PO Box 501528, San Diego, CA  92150 E-mail yuota@fdk.co.jp
Phone: 858-451-8666 TEL: +81-3-5473-4674
Fax: 858-683-2083
E-mail: aroberts@san.rr.com


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