Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New chips from Swatch subsidiary -- and they don't come with a free watch

EM Microelectronic-US, the Colorado Springs-based semiconductor arm of Swatch Group Ltd., has rolled out a new line of chips designed for use in cars and other industrial settings that could be exposured to extreme weather.

The circuits, called windowed watchdogs, are used to monitor the voltage level and correct software operation of other semiconductors. If the voltage level drops, the windowed watchdog sees the problem and responds. The chips are used in electronic cockpit security, trunk closure systems, electrical spoiler control, dashboard, sunroof, rear-view mirror and window controls.

EM Microelectronic employs 19 at its Colorado Springs sales and design center, which tailors semiconductors for specific tasks. The chips, which are designed to continue operating even when power is cut off, are made at plants in Asia and Europe.

For more information, go to http://www.emmicroelectronic.com/

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