The name was previously used by a Swiss optoelectronic component designer that was acquired by GigOptix in January 2008. Palo Alto-based GigOptix last week became part of IDT.
The ownership of the Internet name is unconfirmed but while helixsemiconductor.com is unregistered, helixsemiconductors.com is registered to Smart Prong Technologies in Santa Ana, California.Both Smart Prong and MuxCapacitor are trademarks owned in the US by yet another company, Advanced Charging Technologies Inc, which makes battery systemsfor forklift trucks.
Having recently introduced a new management team, this new corporate identity is a further step in commercialising its highly efficient capacitor-based technology.
"As a fabless chip company, we are in the business of providing enabling technology," said Harold Blomquist, new president and CEO of Helix Semiconductors. "We're known for our commitment to smart power conversion and addressing the global need for more efficient power supplies, and this rebranding brings that front and centre. The road to 'zero power' will be paved by changing the way that power conversions are made, and that road is being built by Helix Semiconductors."
Helix Semiconductors' MuxCapacitor technology can convert mains power worldwide to virtually any lower voltage with over 95% efficiency, especially at low-load conditions. This has a link to the double helix of DNA through the MuxCapacitor's cascading ladder of capacitors that can be tapped at different points and with different gain settings, says Blomquist.
The website is still at www.semitrexpwr.com
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