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New microcontroller simplifies power control and conversion, enables efficiency

New microcontroller simplifies power control and conversion, enables efficiency

Active-Semi International Inc. announces the Power Application Controller (PAC) platform — the first in a family of Micro Application Controller (µAC) solutions. The PAC platform features ease of use, flexibility, and efficiency to enable the rapid worldwide conversion to energy-efficient home appliance, industrial control, LED lighting, computer power supply, automotive electronics, and renewable energy products.

Market fragmentation and the lack of system-level chip platform solutions optimized for power applications have slowed the adoption of high energy-efficiency technologies. However, research firm Databeans expects the global microcontroller market to reach $26.7 billion by 2017, driven primarily by electronics products in the consumer, industrial, and automotive segments that rely on microcontrollers to achieve and manage efficient, built-in energy-saving features.

By leveraging Active-Semi’s knowledge in analog power management and conversion technology, the new PAC platform significantly extends the role of a conventional microcontroller and gives
electronics product companies and system design houses the ability to easily and cost-effectively implement crucial power control and conversion technologies in high-demand products including:

  • Home appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and induction heat ovens and stoves
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Motor controllers
  • Power tools
  • LED lighting controllers
  • Solar micro-inverters
  • Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
  • General-purpose high-voltage system controllers

Unlike complex approaches to power control and conversion design requiring extensive analog system integration knowledge, the PAC platform simplifies the development process by integrating all analog and digital functions into a cost-effective system chip platform and providing flexibility for a wide range of design options. The result is a scalable solution that allows electronics product developers to meet stringent energy-efficiency specifications and focus on creating value-added system features while reducing the overall bill of materials (BOM) and boosting performance, functionality, and reliability.

For more information, contact Active-Semi International Inc., Suite 330, One Allen Center, 700 Central Expressway South, Allen, TX 75013. Phone: (408) 735-1806.

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