LIN technology is a universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART)-based serial communications protocol designed to support remote nodes in automotive networks. LIN networks provide a cost-effective, single-wire master/slave architecture for connecting motors, switches, sensors and lamps.

The LT3599EUH is available in a 32-lead 5mm x 5mm QFN package and the LT3599EFE is offered in a TSSOP-28E. 1,000-piece pricing starts at $3.25 each and $3.35 each, respectively. Industrial grade versions, the LT3599IUF and LT3599IFE, are tested and guaranteed to operate to the -40°C to 125°C operating junction temperature and are priced at $3.82 each and $3.94 each, respectively, in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.

2009 looks bad, however. ''Such a downturn is remarkable for an region long regarded as a vigorous and reliable growth driver for global semiconductor market,'' said Kevin Wang, an analyst with iSuppli, in a statement. ''With global semiconductor revenue expected to decline by 9.4 percent in 2009, and with consumer confidence at risk of falling further, China's semiconductor outlook could dim even more than iSuppli presently forecasts.''