National Semiconductor Reaches Deals with GESolar & QC Solar

National Semiconductor Corp. this week at Intersolar in Munich, Germany, reached new deals related to its SolarMagic technology with Green Energy Solar (GESolar) and QC Solar.

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. The two companies are demonstrating SolarMagic smart panels at Intersolar this week.

“National Semiconductor and GESolar share a commitment to bringing quality technologies to market and expanding the viability of clean energy around the world,” said Mike Polacek, senior vice president at National Semiconductor. “Together we developed ‘smart panels,’ high-performance solar modules that enable residential and commercial solar systems to cost-effectively produce significantly more energy than that produced by standard panels.”

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.

“We created our SolarMagic suite of products to provide solar array owners with an affordable means to increase the power output of their already costly installations,” said Mike Polacek, Senior Vice President, National Semiconductor. “Through our agreement with QC Solar, we will continue to honor this commitment and further drive down the price of harnessing energy from the sun.”

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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