NXP Smart Solution uses solid state RF tech to deliver fast, safe food defrosting
NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NASDAQ:NXPI) today extended its leadership in smart kitchen appliance integrated circuits (ICs) by making available the world’s first reference design for automated frozen food defrosting and thawing. The reference design can be used as the basis for stand-alone smart defrost countertop kitchen appliances or integrated into other kitchen appliances such as refrigerators or cooking appliances such as ovens. The NXP Smart Defrost Solution, based on NXP components and software, addresses the age-old problem of fast and safe food defrosting while reducing food waste, and preserving moisture and nutrition. This innovation makes it possible to defrost food items such as ground beef, fish, fruits or vegetables in only a few minutes.
Conventional methods of defrosting frozen food in a residential kitchen are limited by the amount of time, attention required, difficulty in achieving full defrost and even temperature results, as well as ensuring safe food practices. Simple methods such as letting frozen food thaw on a counter, in a water bath, or in a refrigerator take a long time and can require personal attention to monitor the progress. Letting food sit on a countertop or in water also introduces the risk of bacterial contamination, since exterior surfaces of the food are exposed to temperatures which promote the growth of bacteria. Using a conventional microwave oven to speed up the process often results in uneven thawing with hot spots and cold spots. In addition, conventional microwave ovens lose their effective power over time, making the duration of thawing longer and the outcome worse.
“We’ve seen many advances in the smart kitchen, and the NXP smart defrost reference design will bring those improvements to thawing food,” said Robert Wilson, president and co-founder of the Arizona Culinary Institute. “Finally, the guess work and risk of uneven results and introducing unsafe bacteria will be removed from the defrosting process.”