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Fast Switching Speeds = Tiny LED Drivers

Fast switching speeds mean smaller drivers. With smaller drivers, you'll have more room for the LED optics. Develop the products you really want to, without compromise. Indice's MR16 LED drivers are some of the smallest available on the market today and we've achieved this through incredibly fast switching speeds. How does this help you design better products? In most cases, LED drivers which are capable of delivering the functionality you need, such as flicker-free dimming and uniform light output, take up a lot space inside the mechanical housing, limiting your ability and flexibility to design the optics you want. Not so with Indice's drivers. Not only do Indice drivers have industry-leading switching speeds, but they also boast low line noise, which means EMI filters are now a thing of the past. Indice MR16 LED Driver IC Comparison Overview Chart IN0306 (QFN20) IN0310 (QFN20) IN0312 (QFN20) Target Power Up to 10W Up to 20W Up to 20W LED Voltage Range 18V-45V 18V-45V 15V-40V Dimming No  Yes - 100 - 0% light  Yes - flicker-free dimming with ICR ICR No No Yes Topology Boost Boost Boost Driver Efficiency Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 75% (depending on transformer) More about IN0306 More about IN0310 More about IN0312   View 'G3' MR16 LED Driver IC specifications and other information Download datasheets and other technical documentation View our MR16 Reference Designs  

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Indice Press Releases, Technology News|0 Comments

Why are leading brands and manufacturers choosing Indice’s MR16 driver designs?

With premium dimming performance, high efficiency and EMI compliance, the "G3” range of MR16 driver chips enables manufacturers to develop more powerful LED lamps within compact ANSI mechanical housing. Circuit Value Calculator: Our powerful calculator makes selecting the right parameters for your LED simple. Flicker-free dimming: Enabled in the premium IN0312 chip by Inductor-less Current Regulation (ICR).     Fastest switching speed in the industry means smaller components & drivers for your lamp, leaving you more room for the all-important LED optics! Ready-to-use reference designs mean faster implementation into your product suite. Alternatively customize them to suit existing mechanicals!   Indice MR16 LED Driver IC Comparison Overview Chart IN0306 (QFN20) IN0310 (QFN20) IN0312 (QFN20) Target Power Up to 10W Up to 20W Up to 20W LED Voltage Range 18V-45V 18V-45V 15V-40V Dimming No  Yes - 100 - 0% light  Yes - flicker-free dimming with ICR ICR No No Yes Topology Boost Boost Boost Driver Efficiency Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 75% (depending on transformer) More about IN0306 More about IN0310 More about IN0312   View 'G3' MR16 LED Driver IC specifications and other information Download datasheets and other technical documentation View our MR16 Reference Designs  

By | May 30th, 2016|Categories: Indice Press Releases, Technology News|0 Comments

Enhance ZVS with Predictive Lossless Switching to make smaller, cheaper and more efficient power supplies

Indice Semiconductor has developed Predictive Lossless SwitchingTM, a highly efficient and low EMI controller for use with traditional Zero Voltage Switching. Manufacturers using ICs with Predictive Lossless SwitchingTM (PLS) can benefit from all the advantages of Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) but without the inherent limitations, to produce smaller, more compact, more efficient and cheaper power systems. ZVS has had limited use in high end power supply systems since the 1980s, allowing for operation at higher frequencies without the efficiency losses suffered due to switching. However, it has major limitations to its potential and effectiveness, which have prevented it from being utilized on a large scale. The main drawback of ZVS is that it typically only allows for static control over timing of switching devices, such as dead times, active snubbers, or active resonant commutated poles (ARCP), which limits operation to narrow load bands. Using Indice’s PLSTM controller, switching speed is increased to more than five times faster than that of a hard-switching system, and maintains perfect ZVS over the entire power range. This is because, as the name suggests, PLSTM is predictive, ensuring minimal losses by predicting and adjusting the sequence of switching events of the power circuit. In fact, PLSTM reduces switching losses of half or full bridges by 80%, in insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), gallium nitrade (GaN), silicon MOSFETs and silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs. With PLSTM, IGBTs can switch at SiC and GaN hard-switching frequencies without the risk or the cost. When combined with wide bandgap devices, PLSTM can exceed megahertz frequencies. PLSTM also reduces losses in self-resonant topologies such as LLC and push-pull systems, by optimising dead time over full input voltage and power range, raising CEC efficiency. In contrast with traditional hard [...]

New Mains LED Panel Driver Reference Design

The smallest 50W LED Panel Driver you've ever seen has the INDICE0101 Mains IC at it's nucleus. Our newest reference design is a fully-integrated, completely dimmable, 50W LED panel driver and is about as slim as your finger. World first: Ultra-slim driver fits straight into the side of the panel. Transformerless: safety isolation is achieved through Y Class capacitors. Cost effective design: this reference design is ready to implement into your next product offering. No other manufacturer has such a slim, fully-integrated driver design. Integrated LED panel light reference design specifications include: Dimmable: TRIAC, trailing edge, 0-10V, PWM Power: Up to 50W Efficiency: >85% Input voltage: 110VAC +/-10%, 230VAC +/-10% LED Voltage: 36V Read the full specifications for this ultra-slim Mains LED panel driver reference design here. Find out more about our Mains LED driver IC here. Don't forget, you can download IC datasheets and application notes from the Downloads section of this website. Say goodbye to unsightly, large exterior housing. The Indice 50W LED panel driver is compact but powerful, and completely dimmable. Set your product range apart from the rest and include our Indice panel driver reference design in your next LED panel light, or integrate the INDICE0101 Mains LED Driver IC into your own design. Contact us today to find out more.

By | May 1st, 2015|Categories: Indice Press Releases, Lighting News, Technology News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New Mains LED Panel Driver Reference Design

International CES 2015 Wrap

We had an amazing time at last week's International Consumer Electronics Show. We saw were so many incredible products there, and lots of possible applications for Indice's ADC and DAC technology. Of course, we spent a bit of time with the Rare Audio team to celebrate the selection of its Element 4.1 car audio amplifier as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. The amplifier features Indice Semiconductor components, including an amplifier module and a power supply unit. Indice’s electrolytic capacitor-free amplifier module ensures the Element 4.1 has a slimline, modern look, while improving the reliability and lifespan of the unit. In keeping with our high standards of audio quality, 350WRMS @ 1% THD into 4 Ω, 700WRMS into 2Ω mean the Element 4.1 amplifier has incredible high fidelity sound, with half a horse power per speaker. An SNR of >108dB ensures no audible hiss, even when the car engine is turned off. We also met with some interesting people to talk about our Blade power amplifier module, which has an impressive high-resolution frequency response of >50kHz. The Blade delivers uncompromising control of speakers with excellent attack, fade and phase response, and has an incredible 114dB SNR and THD <0.003. This is only possible with our proprietary Continuous SigmaTM encoding with direct drive technology. When we weren't talking about amplifiers, we did manage to step out onto the show floor to explore some of the other wonders of CES. Are guys in the Indice innovations lab love 3D printing, and a couple of our engineers have built their own, so naturally we checked out the 3D printing section of the show. It is well documented that engineers love pizza, so it should come as no surprise that this was [...]

The Oatmeal Rides In Google Self-Driving Car

Popular satirical cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known under the moniker 'The Oatmeal' was recently invited to ride in one of Google's new self-driving cars. Unlike the vast amount of commentary this vehicle has been subjected to (will it ever be a real world product? Why bother with Google when you can have a Mercedes? It's a friendly vehicle that doesn't want to hurt you!), The Oatmeal chose to publish his review in the form of '6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-driving Car', featuring some of his classic illustration style. Here is a brief summary of his thoughts: 1. Human beings are terrible drivers. "We drink. We doze. We text." 2. Google self-driving cars are timid. "Google can adjust the level of aggression in the software, and the self-driving prototypes currently tooling around Mountain View are throttled to act like nervous student drivers." 3. They're cute. "Psychological studies have been done whereby participants, when asked to harm an inanimate object, were less likely to hurt the object if it had a face.... By turning self-driving cars into an adorable Skynet Marshmallow Bumper Bots, Google hopes to spiritually disarm other drivers." 4. It's not done and it's not perfect. "When the road cleared and it was safe to turn right, the car didn’t budge. I thought this was a bug at first, but when I looked to my right there was a pedestrian standing very close to the curb, giving the awkward body language that he was planning on jaywalking. This was a very human interaction: the car was waiting for a further visual cue from the pedestrian to either stop or go, and the pedestrian waiting for a cue from the car." 5. I want this [...]

Indice Semiconductor Holiday Office Hours

As the festive season approaches, some of our staff are preparing to take leave. However should you need to get in touch with us with us to place orders or find out more about our technology portfolio, our office hours are as follows: US Office: CLOSED - Thursday 25 December CLOSED - Friday 26 December CLOSED - Thursday 1 January Australian Office: CLOSED - Thursday 25 December - 2 January (a skeleton engineering staff will remain active in Melbourne) If you have any questions about any of our product lines, including our LED driver ICs and our audio amplifier modules, contact us and we'll respond to your query as soon as we can. We are planning to attend a few different trade shows and exhibitions over the coming months, so keep in touch to ensure you don't miss out on opportunities to see demonstrations of Indice technologies of interest to you. Alternatively, contact one of our offices, in the US, Australia or in Taiwan, to arrange to meet with us to find out how our technology can be best implemented into your product suite. From all of us here at Indice Semiconductor, thank you for your support throughout 2014 and we wish you and your family a happy festive season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2015. Happy Holidays from Indice Semiconductor!

By | December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Indice Press Releases, Technology News|0 Comments

Gearing up for the Consumer Electronics Show 2015

Indice Semiconductor looks forward to attending the world's largest consumer electronics event, International CES 2015 held 6 - 9 January. Our CTO James Hamond and his team will be at the show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Centre (LVCC) and Sands Expo complex. Indice's audio amplifier and power supply technology drives the Rare Audio Amplifier, which will be on display at Booth 3423, LVCC, North Hall. The amplifier was once again selected as a CES Innovation Award honoree for its outstanding engineering, design and unique features. A previous release of the amplifier, also featuring Indice's audio amplifier and PSU modules, was selected in 2013. Mr Hamond will be able to provide show visitors with demos of Indice's Blade power amplifier, as well as other audio technology in the works. To make an appointment to meet with Mr Hamond and the rest of the Indice Semiconductor team to discuss our latest technological developments and how they can be integrated into your product, contact us today by emailing sales@indicesemi.com Held annually in Las Vegas, the International CES showcases the most exciting next-generation innovations for the consumer market. Over 3,500 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. Last year there were more than 150,000 attendees from over 140 countries. The hours for the upcoming exhibition will be as follows: Tuesday, January 6: 10am - 6pm Wednesday, January 7: 9am - 6pm Thursday, January 8: 9am - 6pm Friday, January 9: 9am - 4pm

Indice modules power CES Innovation Award winning amplifier yet again

Rare Audio today announced that it has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Element 4.1 Car Audio Amplifier. Powered by an Indice designed audio amplifier module and power supply unit, the Element 4.1 features Bluetooth streaming and telephony, as well as Apple/Android phone and tablet applications. “Particular attention has been paid to the user experience with an enhanced GUI, as well as Apple and Android configuration apps,” says Julian Merritt, Director of Rare Audio. “Bluetooth audio enables users to stream music from their Bluetooth device, to make and receive phone calls, and enables remote software downloads ensuring users get the latest feature and performance upgrades automatically. Bluetooth opens the door for users to play their favorite music streams from Pandora and Spotify when their device is connected to the internet.” Benefiting from the Indice amplifier module's ultra low harmonic and intermod distortion and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio, this product has achieved truly class-leading power density and sound quality. Indice's electrolytic capacitor-free amplifier module ensured the Element 4.1 has a slimline, modern look, while improving the reliability and lifespan of the unit. In-keeping with Indice's high standards of audio quality, 350WRMS @ 1% THD into 4 Ω, 700WRMS into 2Ω mean the Element 4.1 amplifier has incredible high fidelity sound, with half a horse power per speaker. An SNR of >108dB ensures no audible hiss, even when the car engine is turned off. Because of its efficiency, low noise level and its regenerative power supply unit, the Element 4.1 is particularly well suited to electric or hybrid vehicles. “Thanks to the design of the amplifier stages, the Element 4.1 amplifier has overcome inherent existing D class amplifier issues such as radio interference and carrier frequency problems without the need [...]

Energy-saving chip maker Indice Semiconductor raises $6M, moves HQ to Oregon

By Taylor Soper for GeekWire   Indice Semiconductor, a company that builds energy-saving chips, has raised $6 million in a round led by Pixelworks co-founder Allen Alley. Along with the fresh cash, the six-year-old company will also be moving its headquarters from Australia to Tualatin, Ore. Indice has shipped nearly one million chips since 2008 to customers that use its technology for an array of appliances like LED lighting and electric vehicles. The new funding will be used to accelerate sales and manufacturing.