Unlike other power supply standard groups that are focused only on the mechanical pin-out and measurements of board mount power supplies, the AMP Group® realizes that much more needs to be considered for intelligent power supplies. With the addition of digital controllers the continued requirement for true multi-sourcing options requires a much deeper look into the structure of the power supply. Not only do power supplies need to be mechanically compatible, but the controllers and configuration files need to be 100% compatible as well. If any of this is not present, then disruptions to production flow could occur, or even worse, incompatibility on the board could cause failures.
CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata felt that it was necessary to have a group of companies that were committed to this effort and were willing to put forth the resources required to properly address the customer challenges in this space. All three companies have been a part of and are still members of other alliances. They each bring the essential experience required to create a better solution for the next generation of needs.
No. Those three companies are the founders, but it does not prevent others from joining. However, unlike others, this group requires a full commitment on behalf of any organization that wants to join. They must be willing to work in collaboration with one another in order to put forth the necessary resources to insure product compatibility while influencing the development roadmap. This group will share knowledge to better create solutions going forward. All members must bring a high value to the consortium.
No, not necessarily. The group is open to others outside of power supply companies, but just like power supply companies they must add value to the consortium and be willing to put forth the necessary resources to insure product compatibility while collaborating on the technology roadmap.
According to a recent report from IHS Technology, the digital power segment is expected to grow 3.5-5 times over the next 4 years. This growth will largely happen outside of the traditional telecommunications and server segment that has dominated the usage of this technology. This proliferation of digital power will bring great challenges to those customers attempting to implement this in new designs. If not carefully considered or supported, moving from an analog solution to a digital solution can be a daunting task. However, this group of companies will work to simplify the adaptation of digital power and will also provide a confidence in supporting their supply assurance programs that they already have in place.
The intent of this consortium is to balance a competitive cooperation that allows for technology advancements by each company, while also considering the needs of the marketplace. In some cases, members may see an immediate need within the market where design collaboration makes sense. In other instances, respective member design teams will work independently to create the best products available based on predefined AMP Group product standards. This balanced approach will allow the customer base to get the best of all worlds.
When a power supply is marked as an AMP Group product you will be assured that the power supplies will be footprint, feature, and density compatible. The AMP Group will also ensure that their products can accept the same configuration file in a production flow environment.
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