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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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.