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Artesyn, Emerson's Astec Power, Texas Instruments to Offer Standard Footprints for Point of Load Power Modules

New Point of Load Alliance (POLA) to Ease Customer Design, Expand Market for High Performance DC/DC Power Converters

Jun 12, 2003

BOCA RATON, Fla., CARLSBAD, Calif. and DALLAS (June 12, 2003) - Artesyn North America, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (Artesyn), and Astec America, a subsidiary of Emerson (Astec Power), today each reached a second source licensing agreement with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) to standardize leading technology for high performance power converters, ensuring interoperability and customer design flexibility. These agreements promote pin-compatible, advanced non-isolated, point-of-load plug-in power modules for wireless infrastructure, optical switching, networking, storage and industrial systems that use digital signal processors (DSPs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and microprocessors.
With these agreements, Artesyn, Astec Power and TI form a Point of Load Alliance (POLA), which offers customers pin-compatible footprints that provide the same functionality and form factors. All three companies will manufacture products with the same electrical designs that ensure interoperability and true second sourcing.
The first generation of these products, the PTHxx series with Auto-TrackTM sequencing, was recently introduced by TI (for more information see: power.ti.com/sc03105). Artesyn and Astec Power plan to introduce their own versions of this product in the third quarter of 2003.
"As industry demand increases for a standard footprint and multiple sources for advanced point of load power solutions, this agreement with TI gives our customers what they desire," said Todd Hendrix, vice president of worldwide marketing for Artesyn. "We are excited about the customer benefits and the potential growth that will occur in the point of load market."
"By combining our complementary strengths, Astec Power, Artesyn and TI are uniquely positioned to stimulate the rapid growth of this market by offering pin-compatible modules," said Mark Rice, vice president of worldwide DC/DC sales and marketing for Astec Power. "This alliance signifies a new commitment among rivals in the power industry to offer flexibility for our customers."
"Power supply designers want easy to choose, easy to use plug-in power modules, and having a viable second source in place makes the choice even easier," said Steve Anderson, business director of TI's plug-in power products group. "TI's alliances with Artesyn and Astec Power form a solid foundation toward standardizing current and future generations of advanced non-isolated point of load products with greater levels of performance and innovative features."