Applications

What’s all this Excitement over 48 V?

April 6, 2016
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What’s all this Excitement over 48 V?

Efficient, dense, cost-effective and reliable power distribution is a critical element in data centers and other distributed electronics applications, such as autonomous driving vehicles and LED lighting.

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The PFM Enables Small Cellular Base Stations

March 9, 2016
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The PFM Enables Small Cellular Base Stations

Consumers and businesses expect cellular network coverage to be ubiquitous. In offices, shopping centers and other busy locations, they are no longer prepared to accept dropped calls or even slow data rates. To fill in gaps in coverage, mobile operators – and increasingly businesses themselves – are installing small cells.

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How to Increase Efficiency of Large Displays

March 7, 2016
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How to Increase Efficiency of Large Displays

In cities you’ll often see large full-color LED video displays used for advertising that cover the sides of buildings. With each pixel of the display driven separately, there are challenging demands on the power systems

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DesignCon Panel Discusses Move to 48 V Motherboards

February 3, 2016
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DesignCon Panel Discusses Move to 48 V Motherboards

Robert Gendron, our VP marketing and business development, was recently invited to participate in a panel at DesignCon that discussed the call from Google for 48 V

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Achieving High Efficiency When Driving LEDs with Constant Current

January 12, 2016
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Achieving High Efficiency When Driving LEDs with Constant Current

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are highly efficient light sources that are used in a wide variety of applications, from digital signage to providing illumination.

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Architectural Lighting Applications Need Compact, Easy-to-Use Power Components

January 6, 2016
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Architectural Lighting Applications Need Compact, Easy-to-Use Power Components

Architectural lighting is an increasingly popular way to draw attention to buildings and the urban environment. LEDs are a popular choice of lighting technology, allowing large structures to be illuminated using minimal energy.

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Communications Applications No Longer Need Isolated Bus Converters

Communications Applications No Longer Need Isolated Bus Converters

Communications infrastructure equipment has traditionally used lead-acid batteries as a backup supply, which requires the batteries to power a positive referenced 48 V distribution system to avoid corrosion (cathodic protection). As this -48 V supply is used to power +48 V electronics, isolation between the batteries and the communication electronics is required. So the use of isolated bus converters became standard practice in these applications. With modern communications systems merging with server technology, and the communication portion moving from electrical to optical systems, today’s equipment can use negative referenced+48 V backup, meaning isolation is...

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