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Power firms form industry consortium

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital power consortium? DC-DC power modules? AC-DC power supplies?

Power supply manufacturers CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata have created the Architects of Modern Power (AMP), a digital power industry consortium geared towards the advancement of power conversion technology for distributed power systems.

The aim of the alliance is to create the most technically advanced, end-to-end distributed power solutionsa complete ecosystem of hardware, software and support. The advent of digital control in DC-DC converters and point-of-load regulators, driven initially by telecom and datacom companies experiencing a staggering rise in IP traffic and now proliferating into other industries, has made multi-sourcing of power conversion products more difficult for customers. A level of software compatibility will be required in order to achieve a true multi-source solution, including compatibility of PMBus commands, proprietary controller commands and configuration files. The AMP Group was formed to address this challenge.

The AMP Group's work will extend beyond defining mechanical dimensions and product footprints for intelligent DC-DC power modules and AC-DC power supplies. The consortium's long-term strategic alliance will foster close collaboration between members to develop shared technology roadmaps.

The participating companies will establish common mechanical and electrical specifications for their products, standardisation of monitoring, control and communications functions, and create common configuration files for plug-and-play interoperability between products from each firm.

The AMP Group will announce its first set of standards, for digital point-of-load regulators and advanced bus DC-DC converters, at the Electronica show in Munich, November 11-14, 2014.

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