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National Semiconductor Reaches Deals with GESolar & QC Solar

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 10:03am
National Semiconductor Corp. recently announced that it has reached new deals related to its SolarMagic technology with Green Energy Solar (GESolar) and QC Solar.

SolarMagic monitors and maximizes the energy harvest of each individual PV panel through a combination of advanced algorithms and leading-edge mixed-signal technology.

National Semiconductor has developed GESolar brand modules with embedded SolarMagic power optimization technology. GESolar's high-efficiency polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules incorporate SolarMagic power optimization to attempt to correct underperformance issues common with solar energy installations.

National Semiconductor also signed a sales agreement to integrate SolarMagic technology into QC Solar's SmartTrack product line, including intelligent junction boxes.  The move comes one year after the two companies formed a strategic partnership and marks the successful completion of extensive tests of National's technology in QC Solar's products.

As part of the initial agreement between National and QC Solar, QC Solar developed an intelligent junction box that applied National's proven distributed maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technology with QC Solar's reliable and high performance solar electronics to dramatically increase energy harvest. QC Solar will manufacture and market two types of junction boxes in its SmartTrack line; one will feature integrated MPPT IC and diode pass protection and the other will offer independent MPPT IC.

The SolarMagic SM3320 chipset is expected to improve power output, reliability and cost-effectiveness of solar systems. SolarMagic enables each solar panel to produce the maximum energy regardless of whether other panels in the array are under-performing due to mismatch or shading. SolarMagic monitors and maximizes the energy harvest of each individual PV panel through a combination of advanced algorithms and leading-edge mixed-signal technology.

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