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Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs and develops analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). It provides broad-based products, such as microcontrollers; clocks and oscillators; power and isolation devices; and proximity, ambient light sensors, and relative humidity/temperature sensors. The company also offers broadcast products comprising broadcast radio receivers and transmitters, and video tuners and demodulators; and access products consisting of ProSLIC Subscriber Line Interface Circuits for voice over IP, ISOmodem embedded modems, and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device ICs. It offers ICs for use in various electronic products in a range of applications, including portable devices, AM/FM radios and other consumer electronics, networking equipment, test and measurement equipment, industrial monitoring and control, home automation, and customer premises equipment. The company markets its products through its direct sales personnel, as well as a network of independent sales representatives and distributors in the United States, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and rest of the world. Silicon Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

1,060 Employees
Last Reported Date: 01/31/14
Founded in 1996

silicon laboratories inc (SLAB) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive Officer, Director and Member ...
Total Annual Compensation: $450.0K
President and Director
Total Annual Compensation: $302.9K
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting...
Total Annual Compensation: $270.3K
Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations
Total Annual Compensation: $316.2K
Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice Preside...
Total Annual Compensation: $315.4K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

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Silicon Labs Introduces its Next-Generation Digital TV Demodulator Family

Silicon Labs introduced its next-generation digital TV demodulator family offering expanded support for the latest satellite, terrestrial and cable standards. The new Si218x family includes the demodulators supporting the recently launched DVB-S2X specification, which adds new features and higher performance to the DVB-S2 standard. The family also expands Silicon Labs’ terrestrial demodulator portfolio with support for the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard prevalent in Brazil and other Latin America countries. The Si218x family meets the diverse digital TV reception requirements of TV and set-top box (STB) makers, RF network interface module (NIM) suppliers and DVD/Blu-ray recorder manufacturers worldwide. Silicon Labs offers demodulators for the global digital TV and set-top box market. Silicon Labs’ single-chip Si218x demodulators build on continuous digital demodulation architectural enhancements to support emerging and established standards for terrestrial (DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T), satellite (DVB-S/S2/DSS/S2X) and cable (DVB-C/C2, ITU-T J83 Annex A/B/C) reception. The single-channel Si218x and dual-channel Si218x2 families enable TV and STB manufacturers to simplify complex video front-end designs and to address combinations of multiple broadcast standards with a single field-proven, low-power and cost-effective demodulator solution. In addition to complying with ISDB-T, the Si218x family supports the new DVB-S2X extension to the DVB-S2 standard for satellite reception. Demodulators supporting DVB-S2X enable developers to future-proof their TV and STB designs with advanced channel-recovery features and technology to support the upcoming roll-out of 4K Ultra HD TV reception based on high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) capabilities. Already embedded in many TV SoC devices, HEVC decoding technology, combined with DVB-S2X reception, is becoming a 'must-have' feature for the TV market. The single-channel Si218x demodulators use the same 7 mm x 7 mm QFN-48 package as Silicon Labs’ previous demodulator family, providing pin-to-pin compatibility, simplifying board design, and minimizing cost and research and development. The dual-channel Si218x2 demodulators, also pin compatible in an 8 mm x 8 mm QFN-68 package, feature an innovative on-chip crossbar architecture that enables system designers to address a wide range of multi-receiver applications with efficient, cost-effective solutions. The Si218x and Si218x2 demodulators share the same API software, enabling customers to expand and adapt their application software to these new demodulators and upgrade their TV and STB products to ISDB-T and the latest digital video broadcast standards. In addition to introducing the Si218x/8x2 family, Silicon Labs has updated its existing, Si216x/6x2 DVB demodulator family to deliver new performance enhancements and support the DVB-S2X standard. When combined with Silicon Labs’ TV tuners, the Si216x and Si218x demodulators help TV manufacturers simplify their designs with the performance video front-end solutions from RF to baseband.

Silicon Labs Introduces New Family of PCI Express Gen1/2/3 Fanout Buffers Designed for Data Center Applications

Silicon Labs introduced a new family of PCI Express Gen1/2/3 fanout buffers designed for data center applications including servers, storage and switches. Designed for today's leading x86 motherboard and server systems, the new Si5310x/11x/019 PCIe buffer family expands Silicon Labs' growing PCIe timing portfolio with the industry's most power-efficient fanout buffers. Available with a broad choice of output count options, the new PCIe buffers are qualified for use in 98% of x86-based server/storage motherboard designs. For many years, data center equipment makers have had a limited supplier base for PCIe Gen3 buffers approved by the leading x86 CPU and chipset supplier. These conventional PCIe buffers are based on power-hungry constant-current output technology, which increases bill of materials count by requiring four external termination resistors per output, as well as one reference resistor. As power consumption and cooling costs have become critical concerns for data center designs, developers increasingly are seeking components that deliver the utmost energy efficiency while complying with stringent x86 board specifications. Silicon Labs' Si5310x/11x/019 family provides equipment makers with lower power, standards-compliant PCIe buffer products qualified by the leading x86 CPU and chipset supplier and backed by an outstanding technical support organization. More than 90% of existing motherboard designs use PCIe buffers based on constant-current output technology. To address this existing market need, Silicon Labs' new Si53019 PCIe constant-current buffer delivers a fully qualified drop-in compatible solution with 30% lower power than conventional solutions. To minimize power even further, Silicon Labs' Si5310x and Si5311x devices use an innovative push-pull output architecture to deliver the industry's lowest power family of PCIe buffers. These devices consume 60% less power than constant-current buffers while reducing the required number of external resistors per output, significantly reducing external component count and simplifying printed circuit board design. For example, by using Silicon Labs' 19-output Si53119 push-pull buffer instead of a conventional constant-current device, developers can save nearly 1 Watt of power and eliminate 39 external components. Silicon Labs' Si5310x and Si5311x push-pull output devices are also optimal PCIe timing solutions for system designs using new ARM-based SoCs targeting the hyperscale server and storage markets. Similar to x86-based designs, ARM-based SoC platforms for the server and storage markets use PCIe as the primary system data bus and interconnect. With system-level power efficiency being a major benefit of the hyperscale architecture, the new Si5310x and Si5311x push-pull output devices are ideally suited for all server and storage platform designs, regardless of CPU architecture. In addition to power consumption concerns, data center equipment makers face the challenge of maintaining signal integrity while driving clocks between boards over cables up to 60 inches in length. A PCIe clock's rise and fall times degrade and slow down over such long distances, resulting in reduced jitter performance and increased system packet loss failures. Silicon Labs' PCIe Gen3 buffers are designed to drive long clock signal traces while maintaining standards-compliant PCIe rise and fall time specifications to prevent excessive jitter and packet loss. Silicon Labs' new PCIe buffer family includes 6, 8, 12, 15 and 19-output devices as well as a combination of constant-current and push-pull buffers, enabling developers to tailor the optimal solution for each application. Silicon Labs' devices are pin- and functionally compatible replacements for conventional PCIe buffers, providing developers with superior alternatives that improve power efficiency, signal integrity and jitter performance. Silicon Labs offers a broad timing portfolio of frequency-flexible clock generators, jitter attenuators, clock buffers, PCIe clocks and oscillators to address a wide range of Internet infrastructure applications. These high-performance timing solutions enable developers to work with a single one-stop-shop supplier capable of fulfilling comprehensive timing requirements in data center, core network, wireless infrastructure, broadband access, and test and measurement designs. Samples and production quantities of the Si531xx and Si53019 PCIe fanout buffers are available now. Pricing for the Si531xx push-pull output buffers begins at $1.70 in 10,000-unit quantities, and the Si53019 constant-current output buffer is priced at $2.85 in 10,000-unit quantities.

Silicon Labs Expands Sub-GHz Wireless Portfolio to Support 802.15.4/4g Connectivity

Silicon Labs introduced next-generation EZRadio(R) and EZRadioPRO(R) wireless ICs offering power efficiency, wireless range and flexibility. Operating in the sub-GHz band, the new Si4x55 EZRadio and Si4x6x EZRadioPRO families support a variety of proprietary, legacy and emerging protocols including IEEE 802.15.4/4g, Wireless M-Bus and Wi-SUN. The EZRadio and EZRadioPRO families provide a versatile, high-performance multiprotocol wireless connectivity platform for a wide array of IoT applications including wireless sensor networks, industrial M2M communication, remote controls, security systems and smart meters. Silicon Labs' new EZRadio and EZRadioPRO families offer the high levels of RF performance and single-chip integration in the sub-GHz wireless IC market. These sub-GHz wireless ICs provide good performance specifications including transmit output power (up to +20 dBm for EZRadioPRO), sensitivity (-116 dBm for EZRadio and -133 dBm for EZRadioPRO) and link budget (153 dB). Ideally suited for battery-powered wireless applications, the EZRadio and EZRadioPRO devices provide low standby current of 40 nA with memory retention, consuming up to 75% less sleep mode current than competing solutions. Each device includes a patent-pending signal arrival detector that reduces the average receiver current by detecting a signal faster than traditional sub-GHz receivers, effectively increasing the battery life for various applications. Featuring a high-efficiency integrated power amplifier (PA) consuming only 18 mA at 10 dBm, these energy-friendly sub-GHz radios can operate on a single coin cell battery, and they are well suited for smart meter designs that require long-range and up to 20-year battery lifetime. Autonomous duty cycling between active and low-power modes and advanced features such as frequency hopping and antenna diversity minimize host MCU interaction and further reduce overall system power consumption. Silicon Labs' sub-GHz radios support a wide variety of proprietary protocols through flexible on-chip packet handler and modem technology. EZRadio devices handle most basic packet formats, while EZRadioPRO devices are designed for more complex packet formats. The flexible architecture offloads the host microcontroller (MCU) without sacrificing RF performance. EZRadio and EZRadioPRO devices can support a protocol stack such as an 802.15.4-based mesh network or a point-to-point or star network in conjunction with a Silicon Labs 8-bit MCU or a 32-bit EFM32(R) Gecko MCU serving as the external host. Si4x55 EZRadio transceivers, transmitters and receivers provide cost-effective, easy-to-use wireless connectivity solutions for basic "push-button" applications such as remote controls for set-top boxes, bidirectional key fobs and garage door openers. Configurations include simple point-to-point or star networks with standard packet formats. Covering the 283-525 MHz and 850-960 MHz frequency bands, EZRadio devices provide excellent communication range for indoor applications, power efficiency, superior blocking and phase noise performance. Available in the small package size in the sub-GHz market (3 mm x 3 mm), EZRadio devices are suitable for any space-constrained wireless design. Si4x6x EZRadioPRO transceivers, transmitters and receivers are an excellent choice for developers requiring advanced features, higher RF performance and a wider range of protocol options. They are ideal for ultra-long-range, narrowband applications using complex, advanced packet formats and network protocols. The devices are designed to meet stringent regulatory and standards compliance requirements including FCC part 90 Mask D, ETSI Category-I, ARIB T108, Wireless M-Bus and IEEE 802.15.4/4g options. The Si4461 EZRadioPRO transceiver recently received Wi-SUN certification from a sub-GHz wireless module partner in Japan, highlighting compliance with IEEE 802.15.4g.


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