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Tyco, SynQor join forces for dc-dc standards push

Posted: 11 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tyco electronics power systems? synqor? dc-dc converters? power converter?

Tyco Electronics Power Systems Inc. and SynQor Inc. have formed the Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) to facilitate product compatibility for dc-dc converters within the increasingly fragmented power converter market.

They aim to establish standards for a broad range of power converter form factors, footprints, feature sets and functionality for both nonisolated point-of-load and isolated applications, including intermediate bus converters. The companies will focus on wireless infrastructure, optical switching, networking, storage and industrial systems.

"The past two years have seen a sudden proliferation of new power architectures, package sizes, pin-outs and functionality, leading converter manufacturers to announce products that are increasingly incompatible," said Sabi Varma, VP for marketing and business operations at Tyco.

"DOSA is designed to alleviate the concerns of electronic original equipment manufacturers by standardizing our leading technology for high performance dc-dc converters." Joe Coupal, SynQor's executive VP for marketing and sales added, "Our major customers view the dc-dc market as too fragmented, and they have encouraged us to take the lead in promoting greater standardization. Our goal with the alliance is to ensure compatibility among the market leading converter products and offer our customers secure second-sourcing and competitive pricing."

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will independently develop dc-dc converters with pin-for-pin compatibility, identical form-factors and functionally equivalent feature sets. Tyco and SynQor will first address Tyco's recently announced Austin Lynx II POL converters.

The companies will also align future product roadmaps, including a new sixteenth-brick converter, and develop high-current quarter-brick pin-out designs, output-voltage sequencing for POL modules in the Austin SuperLynx module form factor, and consensus for standards on surface-mount technology and lead-free initiatives.

Both companies have design facilities in Dallas.

- Vincent Biancomano

EE Times

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