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Indice Semiconductor Raises $6 Million For Global Roll Out Of Energy-Saving Chips

Relocates corporate headquarters to Oregon - Allen Alley joins as Executive Chairman Tualatin, OR & Melbourne, Australia, November 11, 2014– Indice Semiconductor, Inc., a provider of mixed signal power control and conversion integrated circuits, has announced the completion of $6 million funding.  The investment round was led by Pixelworks co-founder and former CEO Allen Alley, with participation from several other veteran semiconductor investors from the US and Australia including Australian tech VC rampersand.  The capital will fund expansion of sales and operations for Indice’s new integrated circuits (IC’s) that improve performance and save energy for a broad range of applications from LED lighting to audio and electric vehicles. “Indice has a proven track record.  Since founding in 2008, we have shipped nearly 1 million chips and we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the company’s technological applications,” said Allen Alley, Managing Partner of The Alley Group, LLC and Executive Chairman of Indice. “Our unique, patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM encoding method enables higher performance and lower power consumption than traditional technology,” said Indice CTO James Hamond. “To demonstrate our capability we are excited to announce we have entered the $1 million Google Little Box Challenge to shrink a 2 kilowatt solar panel inverter from the size of a toaster oven to size of a large coffee cup.” “The greatest “source” of clean energy is to use less.  We waste more energy through inefficient electricity conversion and transmission than all of the wind and solar systems produce today.  Indice technology allows dramatically more efficient systems that lower costs and has positive environmental benefits as well,” said Indice CEO Aaron Brown. Indice Semiconductor, Inc. is headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon and was founded in Melbourne Australia in 2008. Indice [...]

Indice cashes in chips for US move

By Damon Kitney, The Australian   AN Australian company that makes semiconductor technology for LED lights, audio equipment and electric vehicles plans to ramp up its North American expansion plans after securing $6 million in fresh funding from an Australian venture capital fund and a number of veteran semiconductor investors in the US. Indice Semiconductor, which is moving its headquarters to Tualatin, Oregon, but retains its research and development base in Melbourne, has sold more than 1 million chips and will soon be opening customer support operations in Asia and Europe. The capital will fund expansion of the sales for Indice’s new integrated circuits that improve performance and save energy for a broad range of applications across a range of industries. The investment round was led by Pixelworks co-founder and former chief executive Allen Alley, a veteran of the US semiconductor industry. Pixelworks made chips for high-end television in the US for many years. Mr Alley subsequently began a career in Oregon politics, serving as chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. “We’re encouraged by the vote of confidence from Allen and our other investors, and the great inbound interest we have had from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and designers across the world, reinforcing the fact we’re tackling a big problem for many people,” Indice chief executive Aaron Brown said. The raising was also backed by the Melbourne-based venture capital group rampersand, which has built a portfolio of tech investments over the past year. One of its backers is Michael Naphtali, who was managing director of the Pratt paper and packaging empire for 15 years. The fund is run by Mr Naphtali's son Paul. “What Indice liked was that there was an Australian investment fund that understood [...]

Indice will be at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas!

If you haven't had the opportunity to talk to us in person about our audio amplifier and power supply modules yet, now is your chance. Indice Semiconductor's CTO James Hamond and other members of the Indice team will be attending the SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas on the 5th November. As this is the premier global automotive specialty products trade event, we're excited to have this opportunity to talk to our customers about integrating Indice amplifier modules into OEM, after-market and electric vehicle audio products. Our Katana and Blade amplifiers are ever-improving, with recent test results showing a formidable THD 0.003 for both modules, as well as an impressive Signal to Noise Ratio: Katana: 118dB @ 50V into 2Ω or 4Ω load Blade: 114dB @ 27V into 2Ω or 4Ω load Both amplifiers feature Indice's unique Continuous Sigma encoding method, enabling this incredible THD and SNR, as well as high efficiency for both modules. To read full specs, visit our Downloads section. Our high performance PSU is regenerative and sends reactive energy from the speaker back to the car's power source. It is the first of its kind in the car audio market and boosts system performance and efficiency. Specs for this module include: Efficiency: >95% Ripple: <-60dB Efficiency: >95% Electrolytic capacitor free design Make sure you don't miss us - email sales@indicesemi.com to secure a time to meet with our CTO James Hamond. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. It will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from 4th until 7th November, however Indice will only be attending on [...]

Look how tiny this LED MR16 driver board is!

Our latest Dimmable MR16 Ultra Small LED Driver is smaller than ever - only 21.1mm long in fact! To achieve this size, we haven't compromised on any of features Indice customers know and love: this reference design features standard dimming, active temperature management and 85% efficiency. With a target power of up to 7W, this new class of ultra compact driver offers amazing performance in space constrained applications, enabling implementation into a greater range of LED lighting products. The Dimmable MR16 Ultra Small Driver fits into the stem of the lamp, so manufacturers are able to make an LED light which truly meets the halogen lamp compact ANSI form factor. To find out more about this reference design or to discuss how the Indice MR16 LED Driver IC might be integrated into your product design, contact us or our global distributor Future Electronics today. Our other reference designs include larger round driver boards, rectangular and square boards, as well as a reference design for a high power AR111 lamp. These reference designs can be used in conjunction with a variety of LEDs, including CREE, Citizen, Bridgelux and Lumiled, to name but a few. Indice reference designs assist lighting manufacturers to get their product to market faster, providing them not only with proven designs, but also whitepapers, gerber files and datasheets for easy integration of the Indice MR16 LED Driver IC into their product suite. View the specs for this and our other MR16 LED Driver reference designs here. Looking for Mains LED Driver reference designs? We have solutions for PAR38 lamps, undercabinet lighting and more here.

How do the Indice’s Amplifier Modules stack up against others?

At Indice Semiconductor we believe in always working on ways to improve our existing products, in order to ensure that our customers have access to the highest standard of product in the market. We've recently updated the specifications for our 'Blade' and 'Katana' Amplifier Modules, improving upon various features including efficiency, Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and output noise.   To help our customers evaluate Indice Audio modules, we've also updated our handy product comparison chart which you can find in the Downloads section of this website.   The chart compares the Indice Blade AM-SMT-24-01 Amplifier Module to the TI TAS5611A D-Class IC, and the Indice Katana AM-RC-60-01 Amplifier Module to the TI TAS5630B D-Class IC, laying out specifications like idle power consumption, output noise and power supply ripple rejection for each module side by side.   Both the Blade and Katana Amplifier Modules utilize our proprietary Continuous Sigma control technique developed by Indice, enabling higher efficiency, lower THD and an SNR of just 118dB for both modules.   The modules enable audio equipment manufacturers to reduce size, weight and cost of their audio products, while ensuring their amplifiers deliver uncompromising control of speakers with excellent attack, fade and phase alignment.   The Blade is particularly suited for incorporation into iPod docks and other compact audio systems due to its incredibly small size (only 24mm x 22mm!). Both the Blade and Katana power amplifier modules feature class leading high fidelity audio, making them ideal for almost any application, from home stereo systems, to marine and car audio (especially in electric vehicles where high efficiency and low noise are crucial).   Customers looking to integrate the Blade module into their audio amplifier products can use the Blade Demo Board to evaluate [...]

First Formula E race off to an electrifying start

A new era in motor racing as arrived, as the world's first Formula E season kicked off in Beijing over the weekend. The new sport will see 10 races in cities around the world, including Buenos Aires, Miami, Monte Carlo and Berlin, with the season culminating in a London street circuit next June. The launch of Formula E has divided the motor racing community, with some labeling the event as a gimmick. Virgin Racing Team driver Sam Bird said, "if this was a gimmick then why would we have so many drivers interested in doing it with some of the biggest names in motor sport?" Some of those big names include four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost and Bruno Senna, nephew of F1 great Ayrton Senna. In addition to expanding the possibilities of motor racing, the Formula E also helps to "develop electric vehicle technology, accelerate interest and promote sustainability", according to the event's organisers. They hope that the event will show people that "EVs don't have to be 'uncool' or 'slow'". Virgin chief technical officer added to this sentiment by saying that electric motors are "a lot more compact, smooth and are better in every single way." The race was won by the Audi Sport ABT team's Lucas di Grassi. Just like many other motor races, a major crash marred the end of the first Formula E event. As drivers Nick Heidfeld (Venturi Formula E Team) and Nicholas Prost (e.adams-Renault Formula E Team) headed into their final turns they collided. Both drivers avoided serious injury and unlike many accidents involving petrol-fueled race cars, there was no fire. Race winner di Grassi said "I'm happy Nick [Heidfeld] is okay, and it shows how safe these cars are." di Grassi said he [...]

The Internet of Things and wearable devices demand technological innovation

The development of wearable devices is driving lower power memory innovation, according to EETimes' Gary Hilson. Ramon Ramirez, IDC analyst, believes that the industry is trying to shrink currently used devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones into something which is smaller and wearable. However battery and memory limitations mean there is still much opportunity for innovation. Simple devices such as Fitbits and Pebble watches are already available on the market, but in future there will likely be more demand on the capabilities of these technologies, requiring a smaller form factor and low power draw. Alan Niebel, CEO of WebFeet Research, believes there is no one size fits all solution, allowing for the possibility of many different industry players and types of memory for different applications. Read the full EETimes report here. With so much opportunity to for growth, there are exciting times ahead for those involved in the development of technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices. While it hasn't dabbled in IoT or wearables, Indice Semiconductor has over the years developed technologies for the lighting, audio and signal conversion space which specifically address power density and efficiency, while maintaining compact form factors and true thermal management. One of Indice's latest offerings, the Power Amplifier 'Blade' is a powerful demonstration of just how much power the company is able to pack into an incredibly small, 24mm x 22mm module. While not small enough to wear, the Blade will certainly open up a whole new world of design flexibility for amplifier manufacturers.