Texas Instruments ( TXN ) or "TI" recently
launched its first lead-acid battery management integrated circuits
(ICs), bq34z110 gas gauge IC. It comes with TI's own Impedance
Track capacity measurement technology.
TI's new IC is a scalable power management device, which can
support multi-cell lead-acid battery voltages of 4 V, 12 V, 24 V,
48 V and higher. Such batteries are required in various mobile and
stationary applications such as medical instruments, wireless base
stations and telecom shelters, e-bikes, inverters and
uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).
Lead batteries are better than their lithium counterparts as
they can work in both high and low temperature ranges. The new ICs
equipped with TI's Impedance Track technology informs the user
about battery health and charge with 95% accuracy. This information
helps prevent sudden shutdown and in the process increases the
longevity of the battery and end-equipment. Thus, TI's new ICs may
provide the requisite support for critical instruments.
TI's new IC has the capacity to power a wide range of batteries,
right from the smallest coin-cell to the largest multi-cell battery
pack. Further, it launched image sensor receiver ICs, which act as
a bridge between HD image sensors and processors while streaming
Thus, TI's constant endeavour to provide a diverse portfolio of
analog ICs targeting different applications such as smart grid,
factory automation, high-voltage power, LED lighting and control
may boost its revenue growth in the future.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, TI generated total revenue
of $2.98 billion, down 12.1% sequentially and 12.9% year over year
(slightly better than the mid-point of the recently-narrowed
guidance range of $2.89 billion to $3.01 billion). The Analog
business fell 9.4% sequentially and 1.5% year over year. The
sequential decline was attributable to broad-based weakness across
the HVAL, HPA, SVA and power management product lines.
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