NEC Announces Agreement With Intel To Develop PMIC Solution For Mobile Internet Devices

February 05, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

NEC Electronics Corp. announced that it has teamed with Intel Corp. to develop a power management IC (PMIC) solution optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The highly integrated PMIC solution will combine power management, logic, audio and communications functions.

"NEC Electronics’ power management technology helps to maximize battery life, support high levels of integration and minimize motherboard space – critical requirements for emerging portable devices," said Minoru Matsuda, General Manager, Power Management Devices Division, NEC Electronics. "Through our collaboration with Intel, we expect to deliver a PMIC solution that enhances the end-user experience by maximizing power efficiency, enabling the freedom to roam."

"Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) is an emerging category and represents an exciting growth opportunity for the industry," said Pankaj Kedia, Director of Global Ecosystem Programs in the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel. "NEC Electronics’ expertise in highly integrated power management solutions and Intel’s low power technologies, will enable smaller, thinner, sleeker MIDs with great battery life for the consumer."

Initial samples of NEC Electronics’ power management ICs are expected to be available in Q3 of 2008.