Power Electronics

Architects of Modern Power (AMP) Consortium Select Intersil Digital DC/DC Controllers

Intersil Corporation announced that three of its digital DC/DC controllers have been incorporated into digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters developed by the founding members of the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) consortium. These converters provide high current loads for high-end FPGAs and ASICs employed in densely populated power supplies in servers, storage equipment and base stations.

Intersil's DC/DC digital controllers support the AMP Group's microAmp 20 to 25A and megaAMP 40 to 50A standards. These new standards were announced separately today by the AMP Group, and establish common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems.

"Architects of Modern Power selected Intersil's digital controller technology for our microAmp and megaAMP module standards because they provided the most advanced feature set on the market," said Mark Adams, AMP Group spokesperson. "Simply converting one voltage to another voltage is no longer an option for our customers. Now, perfect voltage conversion under all conditions is required. Intersil's digital power technology helps us achieve this."

Intersil offers a comprehensive family of digital power controllers that provide 4.5V to 14V input voltage rails and scalable output current from 6A to over 300A. Intersil DC/DC controllers provide industry leading digital power features, including automatic compensation, pin-strap current sharing, and Intersil's proprietary DDC (digital DC) bus for inter-controller communication. The DDC bus enables system-based sequencing, fault management and current sharing with other Intersil digital power devices, all on a single wire.

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