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Indice Semiconductor raises $6M to launch energy-saving chips

By Dean Takahashi for VentureBeat Indice Semiconductor has raised $6 million to fund global rollout of its energy-saving chips. The company makes mixed signal power control chips and conversion integrated circuits. They are used in a wide range of applications, including light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, high-quality audio, and electric vehicles. Indice is also relocating its headquarters from Melbourne, Australia, to Tualatin, Ore. Allen Alley, former chief executive of Pixelworks and managing partner of The Alley Group, led the round and has joined as executive chairman. Aaron Brown, chief executive of Indice, said that the greatest source of clean energy is to use less of it. He said that we waste too much energy through inefficient conversion and transmission of electricity. Indice will use the money to expand its sales and operations. Indice has created a technology dubbed Continuous SigmaTM, a new encoding method that the company says will revolutionize performance and efficiency for audio amplifiers, Internet-of-things devices, and electric vehicles. “Indice has a proven track record,” said Alley in a statement. “Since founding in 2008, we have shipped nearly one million chips and we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the company’s technological applications.” “Our unique, patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM encoding method enables higher performance and lower power consumption than traditional technology,” Indice CTO James Hamond said in a statement. “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.”   Read more.

Melbourne semiconductor startup closes $US6 million Series A

By Kye White for Startup Smart   Melbourne-founded Indice Semiconductor has closed a $US6 million ($A6.9 million) Series A funding round that will help accelerate the distribution of its power-saving technology.   Its Continuous SigmaTM encoding method has the potential to reduce power consumption while increasing performance in everything from wearables, to headphones, computers and smartphones, co-founder James Hamond explains.   “Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital encoding methods are found in just about all modern electronic devices, from wearables, audio equipment, space probes, phones and so on,” he says.   “Indice’s patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM encoding method has the potential to reduce the device’s power consumption while increasing performance. For the end user this could mean headphones with more effective noise cancelling and crisper audio than ever before.   “Our advanced algorithms are game changers in other areas as well, including enabling the world’s smallest solar inverter – which is why we’ve entered Google’s Little Box Challenge.   “Eventually Indice hopes this will lead to more powerful and efficient electric motor control and car chargers, helping boost performance and consumer uptake of electronic vehicles.”   The Series A round was led by Allen Alley, founder of semiconductor company Pixelworks, who will join the startup, and Australian venture capital firm Rampersand. Hamond says a number of private individuals who make up the “old silicon guard” also invested. He declined to name those investors.   Founded in Melbourne in 2008, Indice Semiconductor has since relocated to Oregon in the United States. It’s sold one million of its chips to date, and plans to use the investment to scale up, targeting the Asian market. Read more here.

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 [...]

New products, new downloads and new look!

To help cater to our customers' needs more effectively, Indice has split in two: Indice Ecotech (www.indice.com.au), which will continue to service customers wishing to buy LED lamps (end product), and Indice Semiconductor, which will focus on providing manufacturers the information required to incorporate our technology into their product suite. This transition has been happening for a few weeks, and visitors to this site, www.indicesemi.com will have noticed the change already. Customers with the URL www.indicetech.com on file will notice that this address redirects to the Indice Semiconductor site also. Exciting new products We recently attended Computex Taipei where we launched new LED driver ICs, audio amplifier modules and signal conversion technology. A next generation range of MR16 LED Driver ICs offers manufacturers options to suit various budget and manufacturing requirements. The 'G3' IC features dimming and efficiency enhancements, as well as Active Temperature Management, asynchronous current regulation and incredibly high power density.  Read more about the G3 MR16 LED Driver ICs here. The new ‘Katana’ Amplifier Module provides class leading acoustic fidelity, power and control in a highly efficient, small package. Delivering uncompromising control of speakers with excellent attack, fade and phase alignment, the module sports an impressive 114dB SNR and THD+N < 0.003. This is only possible with Indice’s proprietary Continuous Sigma encoding with direct drive technology. Find out more about the Katana here. Our new Power Amplifier ‘Blade’ provides class leading acoustic fidelity and control in a highly efficient, small package. Delivering uncompromising control of the speaker with excellent attack and fade and phase alignment, the Indice blade amp sports an impressive 114dB SNR and THD+N < 0.006. Find out more about the Blade here. Indice has also launched new Signal Conversion Technologies. Featuring our Continuous Sigma encoding method, these efficient, [...]

Preview Indice’s new audio amplifier technology at Computex Taipei

Indice will be at the Grand Hyatt Taipei next week showcasing some of its new technological developments, including its Power Amplifier 'Blade' modules. The Blade provides class leading acoustic fidelity and control in a highly efficient, small package. It is ideal for audio equipment manufacturers looking to reduce power consumption, size, weight and cost of their products. Differing from other amplifier modules in both size and application, the Indice Blade has an impressive 114dB SNR and THD+N <0.006, a feature only possible thanks to Indice's Continuous Sigma encoding with direct drive technology. With passive cooling, multiple modules can be combined for high power density and multiple channel systems. The new modules will be available for sampling in late 2014. Indice's Chief Technical Officer, James Hamond, as well as key members of the Indice team, will be in Taipei for the Computex trade show from 3 June – 7 June. In addition to the Indice Blade,  Mr Hamond and the team will be showcasing a high performance amplifier module (further details to be released soon), as well as other technologies such as MR16 LED Driver ICs, ADCs and DACs. To make an appointment with Mr Hamond for a demonstration of the new audio amplifier Blade module or any of the Indice’s other new technologies, please fill out the form below:   The demonstration will be located at: Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Room #2448 2 Song Shou Road, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C 9 am - 6 pm daily, 2 - 7 June 2014  

Indice Exhibiting Dimmable LED Solutions at Strategies in Light 2013

Indice will be exhibiting at Strategies in Light at the Santa Clara convention centre, Santa Clara, CA USA from February 12 – 14 2013 at booth 906 On display will be a selection of our latest dimmable LED solutions based on Indice LED Driver IC’s for low voltage and line voltage (mains) applications: Dimmable MR16 LED Driver board reference designs - suitable for low voltage applications such as MR16 and AR111 Dimmable AC Mains LED Driver board reference designs - suitable for 110V & 230V line voltage applications LED Driver IC’s: INDICE0002, INDICE0101 Private Label Lamps and Drivers High Power LED Solutions   For more details on Indice LED Driver IC’s and LED Driver reference designs, please see our website at www.indicetech.com or contact us at sales@indice.com.au About Indice Indice is a fabless semiconductor company dedicated to R&D of advanced power control technology which is suited to a range of applications including lighting, high performance audio amplifiers, and micro-inverters. Our solutions are developed around patented technology which enables many benefits over traditional power control schemes including active temperature management, active power management, high performance and high power density, typically reducing the required PCB size. Our product portfolio includes dimmable LED driver IC’s for MR16 (12VAC) and mains voltage (110V & 230V) solutions, driver boards and reference designs for turnkey manufacture. Indice LED driver IC’s are at the heart of each LED driver reference design we develop. Our flexible product offerings for MR16 and mains voltage LED drivers enable rapid time-to-market for customers wanting to develop their own LED product no matter what level of in-house expertise they have. Indice reference designs come in a variety of form factors to suit an array of lamp sizes and shapes. Designed [...]