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Architects of Modern Power® Announce New Non-Isolated Digital Point-of-Load Standard

‘picoAMP®’ standard provides a non-isolated platform for the lower 6 A to 18 A power range


TUALATIN, STOCKHOLM, and KYOTO —22 September 2015 — Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group™) consortium today announced a new standard aimed at establishing common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems. The ‘picoAMP™’ standard, designed for the lower range of the spectrum for board-level conversion needs, provides customers with a non-isolated standards platform ranging from 6 A to 18 A. The standard defines a compact footprint of 12.2 x 12.2 mm in a land-grid-array (LGA) format.

The new ‘picoAMP’ standard builds on the previously released ‘teraAMP™’ standard for non-isolated digital point-of-load (POL) dc-dc converters, released in February 2015, and the ‘microAMP™’ and ‘megaAMP™’ standards released during electronica in November 2014. The first products to meet with this new ‘picoAMP’ standard will be announced by AMP Group members later in the year.

“The ‘picoAMP’ standard is the next step for the AMP Group in standardizing all areas of the digital power market,” commented Carlos Bustos, Vice President Global Strategic Product Marketing at Murata Power Solutions. “By adding a standard to cover 6 A to 18 A power levels we are addressing the challenge for power solutions that address all the power requirements presented by reducing chip architectures,” added Martin Hägerdal, President of Ericsson Power Modules.

The goal of the alliance between CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata is to realize the most technically advanced, end-to-end solutions and provide a complete ecosystem of hardware, software and support. Beyond purely mechanical specifications, it is the standardization of monitoring, control and communications functions, and the creation of common configuration files for plug-and-play interoperability that will ensure compatibility between each firms’ products.

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