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Ambiq signs Distribution Agreement with Fujitsu Electronics

July 25, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Ambiq Micro Inc. and electronics distributor Fujitsu Electronics Inc. (FEI) today announced they have signed a distribution agreement whereby FEI will market Ambiq Micro's Apollo family of ARM Cortex microcontrollers (MCUs) and real-time clocks (RTCs) in Japan, Asia and EU. With these devices, customers have a solution for battery-powered and other power-sensitive applications, including Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices where energy savings translate into much longer battery life and enhanced feature sets.

These semiconductor components can also enable much smaller batteries to be used, allowing greater creativity in the design and form factor of the end products that utilize these innovative solutions.

The Apollo family of ARM Cortex MCUs and RTCs are the world's lowest-power devices of their kind, both based on Ambiq's patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology / SPOTâ„¢ platform. This innovative technology enables the ability to operate transistors at voltage levels that are far below what is considered "standard" by semiconductor industry standards, resulting in solutions that go well beyond the incremental improvements in power consumption of other semiconductor devices.

The Apollo MCU features active mode current in the order of 34mewA/MHz when running from flash and sleep mode current less than 150nA. In addition, Apollo MCU has made history as a microcontroller that consumes less than half the energy of any other when tested to the industry-standard EEMBC ULPBenchâ„¢ benchmark (Mar 15, 2016).

RTCs are the first semiconductors based on Ambiq Micro's innovative SPOT platform and have full RTC functions including advanced timekeeping and power management. These are good solution for power-sensitive applications and provide minimum power consumption 14nA that is significantly lower than any other industry RTC.

"IoT represents unprecedented possibility for the features consumer devices can provide," said Fumihide Esaka, CEO, Ambiq Micro. "Fujitsu Electronics and Ambiq Micro's commitment to the digital transformation of the market will enable consumers to realize the full potential of their devices,often necessary for maintaining health and wellness. Ambiq Micro is thrilled to have Fujitsu as a distribution partner and we look forward to shaping the digital future together."