SAN FRANCISCO--Fairchild Semiconductor may not be a name consumers are overly familiar with but anyone owning a smartphone has at least one product from the iconic semiconductor maker.
Indeed, some modern day mobiles have as many as 20 Fairchild products in them, which can deal with anything from core power to lighting, battery management, RF power, USB detection, video, USB routing, and haptic drivers for touch screen displays. Last year alone, Fairchild claims to have shipped over three billion units.
The firm is also making significant inroads into mobile audio, from amplifiers to enhance sound quality to seamless audio jack detection and a lot more in between.
EE Times caught up with Fairchild at CES 2013 to talk about all things analog, mixed-signal, power and a lot more besides.
Fairchild a $1.6 billion firm with many diverse product lines. Examples include traditional analog and mixed signal, optoelectroncis, lighting, logic, circuit protection and of course automotive.
They have many power management products and acquired several large power product firms based in Asia.
Anyone who looks at the trade press and blogs would run across Fairchild Semiconductor advertisements.
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