Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?

02/19/2015


Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?

In this article published by EE Times, Mark Adams, AMP Spokesman and CUI's Senior Vice President, discusses the rising demand for digital power, the need for more standards and how the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) consortium is working to solve those challenges.

The article begins, "There are a host of reasons why power system designers have increasingly been turning to digital power over the past decade. The principal drivers have been the demand to provide sophisticated power management functions, along with a desire to reduce board space and the number of external components. This is especially true in the distributed power architectures that now dominate the design of power systems for high performance datacom and telecom networks, and data center equipment."

Adams then notes the accelerated adoption of digital power due to the availability of off-the-shelf digital power converter modules. However, the lack of standards in the digital power industry has made the interchangeability of products from different manufacturers difficult.

He concludes, "To this end, CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata, founded the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) Consortium in October 2014. The goals of the group are characterized by a deep collaboration between the firms in developing leading-edge digital power technology, in terms of both functionality and efficiency. Common standards will encompass mechanical, electrical, communications, monitoring and control specifications and its members will focus on developing products that deliver high efficiency power conversion under all operating conditions. Their aim is to provide supply chain security to customers through true plug-and-play compatibility between their products, something that the industry has desperately needed as digital power has jumped into the main stream."

Read the full article on EE Times

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