Tech Watch Update: Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, which is a privately held company based out of Austin, Texas, is a supplier of power management circuits. At the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, Freescale unveiled their new low voltage DC to DC converter integrated circuit which can boost the efficiency of solar panels. The increased efficiency will come from allowing solar panels to operate at lower voltages and this is particularly important when several solar panels are networked together. If some of the solar panels that are linked together are not producing electricity due to lack of sunlight, Freescale's converter will let the other panels continue to operate by letting them run at a lower voltage.
Freescale's power converter will make numerous other solar applications possible in the future because the lower startup threshold of their integrated circuit will make it possible to charge cellphones, laptops and other small devices with a single solar cell.
Freescale's power converter will be available in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2009. For more information, visit the Freescale Semiconductor web site.