World's smallest SD card level translator from Nexperia has 40% smaller footprint


World's smallest SD card level translator from Nexperia has 40% smaller footprint

February 15, 2022

Nijmegen -- SD 3.0-compliant translator features integrated auto-direction control, EMI filter and IEC 61000-4-2 ESD protection

Nexperia, the expert in essential semiconductors, today announced the world's smallest Secure Digital (SD) card level translator IC - NXS0506UP. Housed in a 16-bump wafer-level chip-scale package the SD 3.0-compliant bi-directional dual voltage level translator has a footprint measuring 1.45mm x 1.45mm x 0.45mm, 0.35mm pitch, 40% smaller than previous 20 bump devices. The NXS0506UP also features integrated auto-direction control, EMI filter and IEC  61000-4-2 ESD protection. It is designed to operate at clock frequencies of up to 208 MHz and data rates of up to 104 Mbps.

Comments Vikram Singh Parihar, senior product manager at Nexperia: “While traditionally targeted for use in consumer devices such as smartphone handsets, notebooks, game pads, cameras and wireless access points, we are seeing adoption of the NXS0506 in home medical devices and automotive systems. The NXS0506 is the industry’s smallest SD 3.0 card level shifter that supports the ultra-high speed SDR104 mode, helping consumers to experience the faster data rates offered by SD 3.0 memory card solutions."

The new NXS0506UP SD card level translator also features integrated pull-up and pull-down resistors to reduce the BOM cost. Devices provide direct connection to latest host CPU/SOC ASICs, and are easy to use because DATA and CMD channels are swappable without impacting functionality.

Vikram Singh Parihar adds: "Nexperia has been able to reduce the size of these new translators thanks to the use of newer process nodes and innovative wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP) which is discussed more in a new video. NXS0506UP SD card level translators are available now. For more information, including product specs and datasheets, please visit

About Nexperia

Nexperia is a leading expert in the high-volume production of essential semiconductors, components that are required by every electronic design in the world. The company’s extensive portfolio includes diodes, bipolar transistors, ESD protection devices, MOSFETs, GaN FETs and analog & logic ICs. Headquartered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Nexperia annually ships more than 100 billion products, meeting the stringent standards set by the automotive industry. These products are recognized as benchmarks in efficiency – in process, size, power and performance — with industry-leading small packages that save valuable energy and space.

With decades of experience in supplying to the world’s leading companies, Nexperia has over 12,000 employees across Asia, Europe and the US. Nexperia, a subsidiary of Wingtech Technology Co., Ltd. (600745.SS), has an extensive IP portfolio and is certified to IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.


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