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History of THine products for signal transmission started from SerDes IC for laptop PC

THine Microsystems, Inc. was founded in 1991, the predecessor of THine Electronics, Inc. In the initial years, we attracted significant attention from the industry as the “Leader for semiconductor venture companies.” This was initially driven by our success in the commercialization of the LVDS SerDes IC. It was adopted by many PC or TV manufacturers, allowing us to achieve a great leap. This article introduces some stories behind the development of the SerDes technology we have achieved.

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Method to create a power turn on and turn off sequence without a reset IC or PLD

The power turn on and turn off sequence is becoming more complicated in recent years. THine Electronics’ power solution, however, has made it possible to achieve it easily, contributing to reduction in customers’ total cost of system development.

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Challenging an issue of fabless semiconductor companies – Quality control of automotive products

For fabless makers, which outsource the manufacturing process, quality control of the manufacturing processes is one of the important issues they face. We at THine Electronics have pursued the best quality control methods to guarantee excellent quality and improve customer satisfaction, and our commitment has led to the development of our unique system that monitors the manufacturing process -- QuEST (Quality Enhancement with Statistical Tool). We asked Mr. Naoki Fukamachi and Mr. Tomoyasu Sada, a member of the Production Department, about the story behind the release of the tool.

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The Enthusiasm of the Product Planning Department Made the Entry to the Power Module Market Successful through Combined Strengths

The recent evolution of semiconductor process technology has opened new horizons. One of them is the dramatic improvement in the logic performance and the integration density of LSI including FPGA, and consequently, better performance and higher integration density have become the norm. However, it has become necessary for system designers to consider different requirements for voltage rails, voltage levels, and current flow for each function block or circuit. With LSI power supply requirements becoming more complicated, THine Electronics, albeit a latecomer, developed our first power module in February 2016 by investing time and personnel, and successfully entered the market. How did the team perceive its prospect of success? Takayuki Mizutori of the Product Planning Department talked about how a latecomer achieved the entry with what strategies.

Planning Column

The Story Behind the Development of a Solution - The Enthusiasm of Engineers toward the “RDK”, an ISP Development Tool - Vol.3

In Vols. 1 and 2 of this series, we introduced anecdotes behind the development of RDK (Reference Design Kit), an innovative ISP development tool, highlighting the unparalleled passion and commitment of those in charge of the project. They traveled across the world from the planning stage to explore ways of developing business involving this unprecedented solution on truly a global scale. In this Vol. 3, the final installment, we will introduce interesting stories about marketing activities for RDK in the words of Mr. Katsumi Kuwayama of the Product Planning Department and Mr. Takahiro Iizuka of the Sales Department.

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Aiming to Be a Trusted Fabless Maker. The Aspiration of the Quality Control Group

You might not be familiar with the term “fabless maker.” It is an established concept and business model in the American and European semiconductor industries. From the term “fabless,” you might think that such a maker tends to entirely rely on a manufacturing partner for quality control in the manufacturing process of semiconductors. We must stress that this is totally wrong as far as THine Electronics is concerned. We constantly collect quality control data related to manufacturing from manufacturing partner and monitor them. Thus, we have earned the profound trust of our customers. In this column, Mr. Kazuyuki Omote of the Quality Control Group in the Production Department and Mr. Hiroyuki Noji of the Production Department talk about how THine Electronics, a 100% fabless maker, maintains its world-renown high quality.

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<CES2016> High-Resolution Panel Solution inspired the Automotive Market

THine Electronics, Inc. (THine) demonstrated two of our solutions for the automotive market at the Consumer Technology Association tradeshow (CES 2016). CES 2016 was from January 6th to the 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our solutions - the Surround View Monitor (SVM) and High-Resolution Panels – are inspiring innovation and catching the industry’s attention.

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