Power management technology chosen for NVIDIA's Tegra 2 super chip
WOLFSON Microelectronics has secured a major contract with one of the world's largest microchip manufacturers.
Wolfson's WM8325 power management system has been chosen by NIVIDIA as a partner technology for its Tegra 2 super chips.
The Tegra 2 is being used in the next generation range of smartphones and computing tablets showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Nevada earlier this month.
Wolfson said it was too early to say how much the contract could be worth but expects to report a "significant rise" in design-in work as a result of the contract win.
Its WM8325 power management system is used to maximise the battery life in portable electronic goods, delivering as much as 10 per cent more than its nearest competitor.
Manufacturers already using the Tegra 2 chip include Google, Acer, Toshiba and mobile phone giant T-mobile.
Dr Jess Brown, Wolfsons product line manager for power management, said: "We are delighted that NVIDIA has selected the WM8325 for its highly innovative Tegra 2 processor.
"This announcement is testament to the strength of the WM8325, which delivers class-leading power management technology to next generation multimedia processors.
"The WM8325 improves battery life by up to 10 per cent against our leading competitors and enables the use of smaller and lower cost external components.
"Also, programmability of the device will lead to lower cost of ownership, since the device can be re-used in multiple applications and also supports the next generation of NVIDIA processors."
Michael Rayfield, general manager mobile business at NVIDIA added: "Wolfson provides exceptional power management solutions.
"Teaming their WM8325 product with Tegra 2 helps our partners optimize power and get their super phone or tablet to market faster."
Wolfson reported a return to profit last November with revenues up more than 30 per cent to $47 million on the back of strong demand for its technology for e-book readers, smartphones, tablets and computer and gaming consoles.
The company reported a total of 132 new design-ins - Wolfson chips selected for new products going into manufacturing - taking its total for the year to almost 300, a 55 per cent rise on the 2009 run-rate.