The key to energy efficiency in everything from hybrid cars to air conditioners is smarter chips, according to Texas Instruments.
TI on Monday plans to introduce Piccolo, a line of microcontrollers that it says will make more sophisticated power electronics available to a wider array of products, including battery-driven cars, solar panel "microinverters," LED lighting, and home appliances.
Energy efficiency, in general, is considered the most cost-effective way to decrease pollution. And specialized power electronics is one way to conserve energy usage.
Sophisticated microcontrollers could, for example, set an air conditioner or refrigerator fan at a lower speed … Read more