Singapore-based electronic component manufacturer and vendor STMicroelectronics announced Wednesday (February 1, 2012) that it had commenced volume production of its latest miniature power chip, the STOD13AS. According to company sources, the new chip is being manufactured “using an advanced technology that could see it used in nearly every new smartphone or small electronic device that has an AMOLED [Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode] display.”
“The STOD13AS integrates the step-up and inverting DC/DC converters needed to generate the positive and negative supplies on the same chip,” said STMicroelectronics representatives in a statement. “Other enhancements [on top of the previous STOD03A] include increased display-driving capability, additional short-circuit and overload protection modes” and “energy-saving features."
As it stands today, ST Microelectronics supplies more than 80 percent of the world’s integrated chips (ICs) for powering AMOLED displays, which are expected to see the rise in shipments of up to 297.3 million units valued at US$7.3 billion per annum by 2015 (source: IHS iSuppli).
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