Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG Reports Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014; Provides Sales Forecast for the First Half of 2015
Feb 26 15
Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG reported consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net sales of CHF 38,825,000 compared to CHF 38,535,000 for the third quarter of last year. Operating profit (EBIT) of CHF 1,424,000 compared to CHF 1,678,000 for the third quarter of last year. EBITDA was CHF 4,656,000 compared to CHF 4,486,000 for the third quarter of last year. Net profit for the period was CHF 355,000 or CHF 0.01 per share compared to CHF 793,000 or CHF 0.02 per share for the third quarter of last year. Cash flow from operating activities was CHF 2,789,000 compared to CHF 2,614,000 for the third quarter of last year.
For the year, the company reported net sales of CHF 158,450,000 compared to CHF 151,919,000 a year ago. Operating profit (EBIT) of CHF 6,392,000 compared to CHF 8,082,000 a year ago. EBITDA was CHF 18,060,000 compared to CHF 19,415,000 a year ago. Net profit for the period was CHF 3,448,000 or CHF 0.12 per share compared to CHF 6,635,000 or CHF 0.23 per share a year ago. Cash flow from operating activities was CHF 3,230,000 compared to CHF 10,597,000 for the last year.
For the first half of 2015, the company expects sales forecast of CHF 71 million.
Micronas Unveils New HAR 24xy Dual-Die Sensor Family
Feb 12 15
Micronas has unveiled new HAR 24xy dual-die sensor family. The first members HAR 2425 and HAR 2455 are designed to match the performance, diagnostic and safety requirements of most demanding automotive and industrial applications. First samples are available in May 2015. Start of production is planned for the second half of the year. The new sensor family particularly suits automotive applications, such as throttle position measurement, pedal position detection and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) but can be used also for current measurement and every kind of position detection or as an alternative to contactless potentiometers. For these applications, the very thin TSSOP14 package brings several benefits: It perfectly fits into space-demanding applications with reduced air gap. The very small distance between the plates of the dies significantly improves the correlation between the two output signals. The resulting improved sensitivity of the sensor enables a much smaller magnet design. Furthermore, the magnet is located closer to the sensor's active area which makes the overall design less sensitive to stray parasitic fields. This integration of two dies brings true system redundancy at the supply and output levels while offering the best features of its proven HAL 24xy Linear Hall-sensor family, for example its high immunity against temperature variations or its design flexibility. The HAR 24xy family members enable its automotive customers extremely robust sensor solutions with redundant capabilities allowing at the same time to significantly reduce their system costs. The sensor's high accuracy is based on a sophisticated 16-bit signal path with an integrated digital signal core delivering a ratiometric 12-bit analog (HAR 2425) or up to 2 kHz PWM (HAR 2455) output signal. Both versions include an output linearization compensation function using 16 programmable set points to correct magnet linearity errors or to increase distance measurements. Enhanced detection functions and error diagnostic coverage offer numerous capabilities including wire break detection and thermal supervision in the case of over-current or short circuit events. When an over-temperature between two sensor outputs is detected, different modes can be defined as to how the device reports the failure - with output set to ground, supply or tristate configuration. To ease design and production activities there is a development board available together with LabView based programming software.
Micronas Unveils New HAL 15xy Switch Family
Dec 26 14
Micronas has unveiled HAL 15xy in SOT23 JEDEC package, an ISO 26262 compliant, low-power Hall switch sensor family. ISO 26262 is currently changing the vehicle development in a way, which no-one dared to imagine ten years ago when functional safety was coming more and more to the fore in the automotive industry. To enable most efficient failure localization and elimination, the HAL 15xy family provides a single-point fault
metric (SPFM) of more than 60% which exceeds even the standard requirements of an ASIL A classification. The sensor monitors for example internal voltage, current and bias levels which derive from the band gap reference and compares them with predefined reference values in order to supervise the operating conditions of the Hall plate and its signal chain. Besides these monitoring functions, which were considered for the SPFM calculation, the HAL 15xy family features an optional and unique power-on self-test allowing the system to test the full signal path inside the sensor before the ordinary operation starts.