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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.

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 [...]

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.

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  

Indice unveils next generation MR16 LED Driver IC

Indice will offer a preview of its next-generation “G3” MR16 LED Driver IC in Taipei next month. The IC will be available in three package tiers to suit various budget, performance and manufacturing requirements. Indice’s baseline G3 IC package (INDICE0308) is ideal for lighting manufacturers who wish to provide their customers with quality LED lights, featuring deep dimming and the broadest compatibility with dimmer infrastructure and halogen transformers available in the market. The baseline ICs benefit from Active Temperature Management, which limits the operating temperature of the chip and electronics, extending the life of the luminaire. Power normalization keeps light levels consistent across all transformer types. The second tier of G3 IC packages available (INDICE0316) offers the same features as tier one, with the additional benefit of providing manufacturers the flexibility to control the Active Temperature Management point. It also includes active rectifier control and synchronous MOSFET for boost stage, which increase driver efficiency and compatibility. The highest tier package (INDICE0320) offers all the above features plus asynchronous current regulation, enabling unparalleled, flicker-free dimming performance. With active transformer detection capability, all G3 ICs are suitable for use with both magnetic and electronic transformers and are compatible with electronic transformers available globally. The ICs can be integrated into MR16 and AR111 retrofit lamps, and are also suitable for low voltage outdoor lighting (12VAC), marine and automotive LED applications. The new range of ICs will be available for sampling in late 2014 to pre-registered customers. Indice's Chief Technical Officer, James Hamond, will be in Taipei for the Computex trade show from 3 June – 7 June. To make an appointment with Mr Hamond for a demonstration of the G3 MR16 LED Driver IC and other new technologies, please fill out the form below:   The demonstration will be [...]

Global LED chip sales boom in 2013 predicted to continue

LED Lighting sales are on the rise and with it shipments of LED chips, reports Digitimes.  According to DisplaySearch, US$1.1 billion worth of LED lighting chips were sold in 2013. The firm predicts sales to reach US$3.4 billion in 2017 as consumer demand continues to grow. The LED chip market will continue to see an upward trajectory, despite waning sales in chips for LED back-lighting applications, such as display screens. "LED market observers have been expecting huge growth in the LED lighting market for a long time, and it's finally here," said Steven Sher of DisplaySearch. LED lighting technology's popularity is increasing partially because it contains no mercury, is more efficient than other existing lights and generally has a longer life span. Read the full Digitimes article here. Increasing demand for LED lighting products is good news for Indice, a designer and manufacturer of another crucial lighting component, LED Driver ICs. Both its Mains IC (INDICE0101) and MR16 IC (INDICE0002) have become a popular choice for lighting manufacturers due to its unique features. One of those features is Active Temperature Management, which allows the chip to regulate the operating temperature of the light, protecting the LED and electronics from overheating. This extends product life and means lights featuring the Indice Driver IC can also be installed inside sealed fixtures. Deep Dimming is also a feature of Indice's products. The Driver IC allows for smooth, flicker-free dimming and is compatible with most dimmers on the market globally. Indice's production-ready Mains and MR16 reference designs enable manufacturers to get their products on the market quickly and include supporting data such as application notes and white papers.  

Indice to exhibit at Strategies in Light 2014

Indice will be exhibiting at major US lighting expo and conference, Strategies in Light at the end of this month. Indice's display will include technology built around its industry-leading dimmable LED driver IC's. Mains voltage and low voltage LED lights using Indice driver technology benefit from Active Temperature Management, a unique feature which enables the lamp to monitor its operating temperature and adjust power accordingly. Active Temperature Management means long product life and enables lights to be installed even inside sealed fixtures. Driver IC's by Indice also benefit from ultra high power density, deep dimming (right down to 0%) and true compatibility with existing infrastructure. Few other LED driver IC's can boast such broad compatibility with leading and trailing edge dimmers and in the case of Indice's MR16 driver IC's, electronic and magnetic halogen transformers. Lighting manufacturers can also take advantage of Indice's Mains and MR16  reference design series. Reference designs decrease time to market for manufacturers seeking to use the Indice driver IC in their LED product. Including PCB designs, whitepapers, application notes and datasheets, these reference designs are production ready or can be customized to suit the manufacturer's own mechanicals. The Indice team will be at Strategies in Light from 25 - 27 February, located at booth 919. Strategies in Light has run for 15 years as the flagship companion event to the major industry publication, LEDs Magazine. With 200 exhibiting companies and nearly 5,000 attendees  last year, Strategies in Light has cemented its place as one of the world's largest and longest-running LED and lighting trade shows and conferences. To find out how you can attend, visit http://www.strategiesinlight.com/register.html.