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Toshiba: Commitment to Analog ICs



  Toshiba: Commitment to Analog ICs

Business Wire

TOKYO -- April 08, 2013

Toshiba's analog IC business is distinguished for its technology and ability
to propose optimum solutions. We concentrate on three fields: analog,
automotive and communications. In 2013 we aim to strengthen the provision of
integrated solutions by enhancing products and entire line-ups in each of
these fields.

Analog field: power management, motor drivers and other analog power ICs,
microcontrollers for medical and industrial applications

System applications increasingly require a high withstand voltage, large
current drive and wireless communication, along with high performance and high
speed. By selecting the best choice for the customer's application from our
extensive lines of microcontrollers and analog ICs, we are able to swiftly
propose the optimum solution that cuts both the development lead time and
total cost. Example applications of our analog ICs include power control ICs
for wireless power charging, motor drivers for lens control of SLR cameras,
motor drivers for smart refrigerators and microcontrollers embedded with
analog functions for medical equipment.

  * For more information about Toshiba power supply ICs, please visit:
    http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/linear/selection/powersupply/index.html
  * For more information about Toshiba motor drivers, please visit:
    http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/linear/selection/motordriver/index.html
  * For information about Toshiba microcontrollers, please visit:
    http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/micro/index.html

Automotive field: analog ICs for automotive applications, microcontrollers for
automotive applications, image display & recognition processors for automotive
applications

The roles of semiconductors in automotive applications are diversifying and
evolving rapidly. Alongside the growing popularity of hybrid vehicles (HEVs)
and electric vehicles (EVs), there is also a trend toward greater reliance on
advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that offer enhanced safety and
convenience. In addition to development of LSIs for numerous functions of
conventional vehicles and to support safe driving, Toshiba is strengthening
development of devices for HEVs and EVs and for ADAS.

Major products in 2013 will include the following:

The Vivace series and Presto series of motor control microcontrollers with ISO
26262 ASIL-D-compliant, the TB9141 series of battery monitor ICs for 16-cell
Li-ion batteries, and the Visconti series of image recognition processor LSIs
offering excellent human detection performance by the CoHOG* engine and
simultaneous detection of various objects.

*CoHOG: Co-occurrence Histograms of Oriented Gradients

  * For more information about Toshiba automotive devices, please visit:
    http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/assp/selection/automotive/index.html

Communications field: Transceiver ICs for close-proximity and Short-range
wireless communication

Machine-to-machine technologies will flourish and rapidly become mainstream,
based on smartphone infrastructure. Toshiba's close-proximity and short-range
wireless communication technologies have excellent features, including
high-quality Bluetooth communication with mobile phones, processing of
protocol errors, low power consumption, high receiving sensitivity and tamper
resistance. We can offer integrated solutions encompassing hardware, software,
modules and accessories, and our engineers are ready to provide development
tools and technical support that minimizes the customer's burden in equipment
development while shortening development lead times.

Our products for close-proximity wireless communication include NFC chipsets
for smartphones, TransferJet^TM-compliant ICs and modules for smartphones and
tablet PCs, and TransferJet^TM-compliant accessories. For short-range wireless
communication, our plans call for commercialization by December 2013 of a
Bluetooth V4.0 BLE, a BT/WiFi Combo, and an NFC Tag chipset for products with
sensor nodes, such as healthcare equipment, fitness equipment, mobile audio
systems, car audio systems, car navigation systems, industrial equipment, and
surveillance cameras.

  * For more information about Toshiba communications-related ICs, please
    visit:
    http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/assp/selection/index.html

Mr. Takashi Arai, Senior Manager of Analog Devices Product Engineering
Department, Analog and Imaging IC Division, comments: "Capitalizing on our
technological capabilities covering development, cost, quality, and supply,
cultivated through our longstanding commitment to the analog field, we will
supply highly competitive products. For maximum customer convenience, we offer
comprehensive solutions based on our 'MACS'—Microcontrollers, Analog ICs,
Communication ICs, and CMOS Sensors, all of which are in the Analog and
Imaging IC Division's product portfolio."

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba
Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital
products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs;
electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials;
industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation
systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators &
elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than
550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales
surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site
at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

Contact:

Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products Company
Megumi Genchi / Kunio Noguchi, +81-3-3457-3367
semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp
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