Active-Semi Devices Provide Turnkey Power Solution for Atmel eMPU SAMA5 and SAM9 Series ARM™ Processors

New ACT8865 and ACT8945A PMICs significantly reduce solution size, improve performance with fast time-to-market for low-power applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 29, 2013 — Active-Semi today announced reference design solutions for Atmel’s ARM Cortex A5 and ARM9-based eMPUs (Embedded Micro Processor Units) using Active-Semi’s ACT8865 and ACT8945A PMICs (Power Management Integrated Circuits). This embedded solution offers high differentiation, in particular for low-power applications such as smartwatches, wearables, POS (Point-of-Sale) and HMI (Human Machine Interface). These turnkey, highly integrated power IC solutions from Active-Semi fit well with Atmel’s eMPU platform approach by reducing design cycle-time up to 80% and enabling the lowest standby power (under 2mW), critical in conserving battery life in portable applications.

“Working with Active-Semi to develop the ACT8865 and ACT8945A Family of PMICs has helped to further simplify our customer’s system design and reduce the number of power components by as much as 80 percent,” according to Jacko Wilbrink, Senior Product Marketing Director of ARM eMPU & Secure at Atmel Corporation. “This approach supports our efforts to decrease the embedded processor platform solution size while increasing the reliability.”

Active-Semi’s ACT8865 and ACT8945A PMICs integrate the complete voltage regulator requirements of Atmel eMPU-based systems, including 3 step-down DC-DC converters and 2 low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators while leaving free 2 additional LDO for auxiliary customer-specific functions. The devices also include pre-configured power rail sequencing that removes the associated design complexity of discrete solution alternatives. The ACT8945A also offers an integrated battery charger and ActivePath™ power path management to efficiently manage battery charging. Both products offer serial communication interfaces to configure and control the operation of the PMICs.

“We see tremendous market opportunity for high density and energy efficient microprocessors such as Atmel’s SAMA5 and SAM9 that are enabling a new class of consumer and industrial embedded applications,” Mark Cieri, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Active-Semi. “Our ACT8865 and ACT8945A devices have proven valuable as they enable up to a 50% reduction in both size and total cost of the power solution but at higher performance than the discrete alternatives.”

ACT8865 and ACT8945A are in production today. For more information and to order samples, evaluation kits or Atmel reference design information, please visit or email

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About Active-Semi

Founded in 2004 in Silicon Valley and headquartered in Allen, Texas, Active-Semi is a rapidly emerging leader in the multi-billion dollar power management IC and intelligent digital motor drive IC markets. The company's portfolio of analog and mixed signal SoCs (systems-on-chips) are scalable core platforms used in charging, powering and embedded digital control systems for end applications such as industrial, commercial and consumer equipment. The company offers power application microcontrollers, DC/DC, AC/DC, PMU and LED drivers that significantly reduce solution size and cost while improving system-level reliability. Active-Semi's turnkey solutions deliver energy-saving power conversion architectures that minimize energy usage and compress system development cycle-time by greater than 50 percent.

Active-Semi ships 50 million power ICs per quarter and reached the one billion units shipped milestone in May 2012. The multi-national company focuses on commercializing industry leading power management IC solution platforms and has developed broad intellectual property with over 150 patents granted and pending.

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