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Power trends take spotlight at APEC 2014

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:APEC? Fairchild? Intersil? Silicon Valley?

At the APEC 2014 conference and exhibition last week, major global players in the power management sector revealed their plans for the future and their latest product offerings. The following pages show some of the interesting developments in the industry.

Time for refocusing for future demands

Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley's founding fathers during the 1950s, decided to go to Fort Worth in Texas last week (that's where this year's APEC 2014 event was taking place) to reveal the company's plans for the future, which will see a refocus of its efforts on integrated power components for mobile and green electronics.

The company is also promising to start providing six-week lead times, with 95 per cent of its products in stock with minimal lead times.

The new focus will see Fairchild move from being better known for niche stand-alone products to now developing higher integration products for mobile devices. The company is also targeting the 'cloud' and is aiming to provide power-supply solutions for data centres and low-power networked sensors.

Currently about 50 per cent to 60 per cent of Fairchild's products are MOSFETS with only 30 per cent to 40 per cent of its overall portfolio representing higher-level integrated circuits.

Fairchild is now positioning itself to integrate MOSFET and insulated-gate bipolar transistors into advanced power modules.

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