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.
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 [...]