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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.

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.

Indice Semiconductor, Maker Of Energy-Saving Chips, Raises $6M Series A

By Catherine Shu for TechCrunch   Indice Semiconductor has raised a $6 million Series A to focus on marketing its chips, which use an algorithm that the company says can help appliances save energy. The round was led by Allen Alley, the co-founder and former CEO of Pixelworks and included participation from Australian venture capital firm rampersand. The capital will be used to increase Indice’s sales team in the U.S. and Asia Pacific region in order to target original equipment manufacturers and product designers. So far, Indice has marketed chips with its Continuous SigmaTM algorithm to the lighting industry, but is planning to expand to amplifiers, electric vehicles, and the Internet of Things. Indice Semiconductor, which was founded in Melbourne, Australia, also announced that it is relocating its headquarters to Tualatin, Oregon, and has hired Alley as its executive chairman. Indice Semiconductor hopes to stand apart from its peers (including Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and Cirrus Logic) with its patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM algorithm. So far, Indice has sold 1 million chips using Continuous SigmaTM.  Continuous Sigma improves performance in digital-to-analog (DAC/ADC) applications, which means that it can be used in hardware in verticals ranging from connected devices and electric vehicles to lighting and amplifiers. “Continuous SigmaTM is a simpler encoding method than the commonly used Successive Approximation Registar (SAR) found in many wearable devices, and has a higher performance than the Delta Sigma encoding method (around since the 1970s), which is found in audio applications, power supplies, and motor control,” a spokesman for the company told TechCrunch. “For the end user this could mean anything from more effective noise cancelling headphones than what we currently see on the market to smarter, more efficient wearable devices.

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 [...]

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 [...]

New LED MR16 Reference Designs

Indice has added two new MR16 LED PCB reference designs to its collection. The Dimmable MR16 Petite is a slightly larger version of the MR16 Ultra Small, however with a much larger power capability at 9W target power. At a size of 24.6mm diameter by 19.8mm, this board is suitable for use with a variety of CREE, Citizen, Bridgelux and Lumiled COBs. The Dimmable MR16 Round 25mm reference design is a smaller version of Indice's proven MR16 Round 32mm LED PCB. With a target power up to 8W and greater than 85% efficiency wrapped up in a 25mm diameter by 16.6mm design, this board is suitable for use with a variety of CREE, Citizen and Sharp COBs. Other MR16 reference designs available include PCBs for use in AR111 and 12V DC/AC lights. These production ready reference designs make designing your LED lights around the Indice LED Driver IC is easy. We have reference designs for both MR16 and Mains voltage LED lighting applications, which can be implemented straight away or customized to suit specific mechanical housing. All designs come with support documentation such as whitepapers, schematics and assembly drawings. The Indice LED Driver IC features deep dimming and global dimmer compatibility, extensive leading and trailing edge transformer compatibility, Active Temperature Management, high power factor and EMC compliance for the US, Europe and Australia. See our full range of MR16 LED PCB reference designs and suggested LEDs by clicking here. More information about the Indice LED Driver IC can be found here. We will also be releasing the next generation "G3" MR16 LED Driver IC later this year. Find out more about it here.

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