California Micro Devices Receives 2008 ‘Product of the Year’ Award from Electronic Products Magazine

January 5, 2009

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — California Micro
Devices (Nasdaq: CAMD) has been awarded Electronic Products magazine’s 2008
“Product of the Year” award for the CM1233-08DE, the first product to
incorporate the innovative PicoGuard XS(TM) architecture. The CM1233-08DE is
the industry’s first product to provide both outstanding signal integrity and
robust electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for high speed differential
signals such as HDMI(TM) and DisplayPort. By integrating inductors with the
ESD diodes, the CM1233-08DE provides matched differential impedance,
eliminating the need for board designers to compensate for diode capacitance
in their layouts.

The editors of Electronic Products — a leading trade publication for
electronic design engineers — evaluated thousands of products launched in
2008. The winning products are selected on the basis of innovative design,
significant advancement in technology or application and substantial
achievement in price and performance.

“Electronic Products Magazine Product of the Year winners should be
particularly proud because of the rigorous selection process we use,” notes
Editorial Director Murray Slovick. “It is somewhat akin to a doctoral
dissertation defense, except here instead of defending a thesis the nominating
editor must defend each product against the arguments of his or her
colleagues, all of whom are trying hard to find flaws in the product’s

“We are honored to have been chosen to receive the Electronic Products
‘Product of the Year’ award,” said Joe Salvador, director of marketing for
digital consumer and computing products at California Micro Devices. “With the
CM1233-08DE, system developers no longer need to make a tradeoff between
signal integrity and ESD protection when protecting high speed interfaces such
as HDMI(TM) 1.3 and DisplayPort.”

The 2008 Product of the Year Awards were announced in the January 2009
issue of Electronic Products
(http://www2.electronicproducts.com/productyear.aspx). 2008 marks the 33rd
annual Electronic Products’ “Product of the Year” Awards, which began
recognizing the best products in the industry in 1977.

About the Device

The CM1233-08DE provides 8 channels of robust ESD protection. It offers
protection for four pairs of differential channels, providing ESD protection
to IEC61000-4-2 Level 4 greater than or equal to 8kV contact discharge. System
designers can easily meet the 100 Ohm differential impedance requirements of
HDMI(TM) and DisplayPort using these devices, with no additional external
components required. The integration of inductors with the ESD diodes provides
for improved ESD protection as well as better signal integrity. Compared with
best in class ESD diode arrays, the CM1233-08DE offers:

    --  40% reduction in peak clamping voltage
    --  15-40% reduction in peak residual current
    --  100 Ohm differential impedance matching with no external compensation
    --  Independence from board stackup for simplest routing across multiple
        board vendors
    --  Straight through routing for improved layout
    --  Compact 16-pin TDFN package for reduced board space

PicoGuard XS Impedance Matching

Traditionally, system designers must compensate for the capacitance of the
ESD protection device by adding external inductance, eliminating capacitance
under the signal traces near the ESD device, or both. These approaches add
complexity and cost, and are PCB board dependent, limiting the ability to use
multiple board vendors. By integrating inductance into the ESD device,
PicoGuard XS eliminates the need for these measures providing matched
impedance with no external compensation or components required. The
CM1233-08DE is the first PicoGuard XS product offering of the XtremeESD(TM)
family from California Micro Devices.

www.XtremeESD.com Website

This ESD Resource Center provides relevant information about ESD
protection to designers of personal computer and digital consumer electronics
applications. The site contains technical white papers, product
specifications, articles, presentations, an open forum on various ESD
protection topics, and additional information on the CM1233-08DE. Go to:

Pricing and Availability

The CM1233-08DE is available in a 16 lead TDFN package. It is priced at
$0.57 each at 1,000 units.

About California Micro Devices Corporation

California Micro Devices Corporation is a leading supplier of application
specific analog and mixed signal semiconductor products for the mobile
handset, digital consumer electronics and personal computer markets. Key
products include protection devices for mobile handsets, digital consumer
electronics products such as digital TVs, and personal computers as well as
analog and mixed signal ICs for mobile handset displays. Detailed corporate
and product information may be accessed at http://www.cmd.com.

XtremeESD and PicoGuard XS are trademarks of California Micro Devices
Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE California Micro Devices

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