December 25, 2014 5:51 PM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Active-Semi, Inc.

Company Overview

Active-Semi, Inc. designs, develops, produces, and sells digital and programmable power management and digital motor drive integrated circuits. It offers high power DC to DC converters, AC to DC converters, PMU, and LED drivers. The company also provides Power Application Controller, a micro application controller solution for controlling and powering next generation smart energy appliances, devices, and equipment. Its products are used in portable equipment, including smart phones, portable navigation devices, and personal media players. The company’s products also offer various features for battery safety and management applications, including pre-conditioning, safety timers, thermal regul...

700 Central Expressway South

One Allen Center

Suite 330

Allen, TX 75013

United States

Founded in 2004

Phone:

214-453-1422

Fax:

214-383-4984

Key Executives for Active-Semi, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Chief Financial Officer
General Manager of Analog Power Business
Executive Vice President and Chief Architecture Officer of Micro Application Controllers
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Active-Semi, Inc. Key Developments

Active-Semi Announces HYDRA-X Development Platform for Rapid Prototyping Motor and Power Control Products

Active-Semi International, Inc. announced the general availability of its HYDRA-X scalable development platform that enables developers and makers to rapidly prototype systems with Active-Semi's Power Application Controller (PAC)(TM) IC Family. The scalable HYDRA-X platform has already been used for applications such as brush-less DC motor control, power tools, small appliances, robotics, toys, and LED lighting systems. The HYDRA-X platform release includes 2 scalable general-purpose Hydra body boards, namely, HYDRA-X10 and HYDRA-X20 based on PAC5210 and PAC5220 ICs, and 4 stackable Hydra "heads" that extend the functionality of the Hydra body boards to specific applications. Customers and developers can build their own Hydra heads that target their specific system needs. Active-Semi's patented and highly integrated family of PAC(TM) ICs integrates multi-mode power manager (for AC-DC or DC-DC conversion), configurable analog front-end, data converters, gate-drivers, on-chip temperature sensor, GPIO, and serial ports along with an ARM(R) Cortex MCU. This versatile power management and controller IC eliminates multiple discrete IC chips typically used in other solutions, reducing printed circuit board area.

Active-Semi Introduces Fully-Integrated Single-Chip Solution to Extend Smart Phone and Tablet Computer Battery Life

Active-Semi introduced a new family of Power Bank IC solutions, the ACT2800 product family. The first two devices in this evolutionary product series are the ACT2801 and ACT2802. These single-chip solutions offer numerous benefits including the smallest solution footprint combined with high efficiency at low total system cost. Prior to general release, the ACT2800 family of products has experienced significant customer interest with more than 25 design wins. The ACT2800 family was architected to integrate the complete Power Bank functionality into one system-on-a-chip. Power Bank chipsets on the market require multiple ICs, such as micro controller units (MCUs), to perform the charging and battery management functions in addition to several discrete components. The ACT2800 family reduces the system footprint and minimizes design complexity, while leaving room for larger batteries and reducing total system cost. The ACT2801 device supports output current up to 1.5A while the ACT2802 supports output current up to 2.1A to reduce charging time when using larger batteries.

Active-Semi Devices Provide Turnkey Power Solution for Atmel eMPU SAMA5 and SAM9 Series ARM(TM) Processors

Active-Semi announced reference design solutions for Atmel's ARM Cortex A5 and ARM9-based eMPUs (Embedded Micro Processor Units) using Active-Semi's ACT8865 and ACT8945A PMICs (Power Management Integrated Circuits). This embedded solution offers high differentiation, in particular for low-power applications such as smartwatches, wearables, POS (Point-of-Sale) and HMI (Human Machine Interface). These turnkey, highly integrated power IC solutions from Active-Semi fit well with Atmel's eMPU platform approach by reducing design cycle-time up to 80% and enabling the lowest standby power (under 2mW), critical in conserving battery life in portable applications. Active-Semi's ACT8865 and ACT8945A PMICs integrate the complete voltage regulator requirements of Atmel eMPU-based systems, including 3 step-down DC-DC converters and 2 low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators while leaving free 2 additional LDO for auxiliary customer-specific functions. The devices also include pre-configured power rail sequencing that removes the associated design complexity of discrete solution alternatives. The ACT8945A also offers an integrated battery charger and ActivePath(TM) power path management to efficiently manage battery charging. Both products offer serial communication interfaces to configure and control the operation of the PMICs.

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