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August 11, 2010

Semitech Semiconductor Envisions 'Green Tech' Movement

By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

Semitech Semiconductor recently brought on board a new management team which has a vision that is directed towards fueling the 'green tech' movement. Semitech, a provider of power line communications solutions which allow the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid, is working towards broadening its market scope with new products, distribution and partnerships.

Though recently launched in Singapore, the technology behind Semitech had been originally developed by an innovative group based out of Australia. For the last decade, the technology behind the company which is now known as Semitech has been quietly achieving communications challenges and developing them into a line of innovative semiconductors. Particularly, the chips have been specially designed for operating in noisy power line environments, they have been already successfully trialed and installed in smart grid applications around the world having a high degree of interoperability.

The harsh noise and variations in equipment and standards, communicating over the power grid becomes difficult. Using a proprietary and flexible technology design, Semitech chips reliably operate in this challenging environment and at the same time successfully interoperate with previously installed equipment.

The company has brought together an experienced team of industry veterans for making Semitech's chips accessible to the market at large. Matt Rhodes (News - Alert), the CEO for Semitech, was earlier responsible for heading the creation and growth of a power line communications business as the president of Conexant.

In a release, Matt Rhodes said, "We are taking Semitech's industry proven power line communications solutions to the next level at an ideal time to meet the growth needs of the smart grid market. With the recent proliferation of smart grid devices and move towards more efficient resource utilization in general -- including water, electricity, industrial/building management, street light control, and power distribution -- we feel that Semitech is perfectly positioned to connect all of these devices to more effectively manage the world's resources."

Semitech Semiconductor has its headquarters based in Singapore, and has a design center located in Melbourne, Australia. Semitech's chips connect the utilities to their customers, and help in transforming homes into energy-aware "smart homes" which react to conditions on the grid, hence implementing a global communications network based on the existing power grid.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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