Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors claims to have created an integrated circuit capable of extracting 30 per cent more photovoltaic (PV) power from a solar panel than conventional pulse-width modulation (PWM) devices.
The semiconductors developer explains that its MPT612 uses maximum power point tracking, or MPPT, to improve on the efficiency of power reclamation from solar installations.
Jan Willem Vogel, senior director of industrial applications marketing, says: "Compared to traditional PWM controllers, MPPT controllers can extract up to 30 per cent more power from a solar PV panel."
The chip is said to be well suited to a variety of consumer electronics applications for solar power, including garden lighting, traffic signals and portable battery chargers.
NXP Semiconductors was formed officially in 2006, before when it was part of the Philips Group.
However, despite its relative infancy in its own right, the company draws from five decades of experience in developing semiconductor devices.