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With the continued rise in the use of electronic devices and smart phones, product designers these days are facing challenges to incorporate advanced features in the handsets that are driven by high-capacity batteries. Consequently, semiconductor and integrated circuit manufacturers are increasingly focusing on introducing new products in the market that will augment the efficiency of these gadgets.

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (FCS - Snapshot Report) has joined the bandwagon with its FAN54015 charger that allows charging electronic devices through USB ports. The charger helps designers maintain safety, accuracy, efficiency, and solution size for mobile devices batteries.

The FAN54015 is a single-cell Lithium-ion (Li-ion) charger that can be used to charge devices like cell phones, smart phones, tablets, gaming devices and digital cameras. It uses a highly efficient eco-friendly, 3MHz DC-DC buck converter to reduce charging time and moderate heat dissipation. Also, the battery’s float voltage can be programmed from 3.5V to 4.44V to support the lithium battery technologies.

The FAN54015 device protects the battery and increases longevity, expanding usage time for mobile devices. It supports battery charging in three phases: pre-conditioning, constant current and constant voltage.

The charger minimizes charging time and solution cost. The device is comparatively cooler than other devices and provides 94% efficiency in USB-OTG (on-the-go) regulator.

Fairchild Semiconductor is a California-based company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets highly efficient semiconductors for multiple end market uses across the globe. Fairchild Semiconductor operates under three segments and its components are used in computers, telecommunications, automotive, consumer and industrial applications. Fairchild Semiconductor currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Other stocks in the semi-conductor industry worth mentioning are SuperTex Inc with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) , Maxim Intg Pdts (MXIM - Analyst Report) and On Semicon Corp (ONNN - Analyst Report), each with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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