Addressing the New Challenges in Power Distribution

November 16, 2011
Addressing the New Challenges in Power Distribution

Power supplies have traditionally been designed as “silver boxes” or “bricks”: a self-contained, autonomous voltage-in, voltage-out device, with minimal-impact mechanical and electrical integration with the host system. However, evolution of system requirements – higher power, higher density, higher input voltages, higher load currents and last but not least, higher efficiency –  clearly requires alternative, integrated approaches. With each generation of processor, memory, DSP and ASIC chip, lower voltages at higher currents challenge the infrastructure to supply contemporary “loads” with the requisite electrons.  Electricity from an AC outlet, or a wall plug, typically goes through...

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