Texas Instruments (TI) (www.ti.com) has announced that the Point of Load Alliance (POLA) has agreed to offer pin-compatible plug-in modules based on TI’s T2 nonisolated, point-of-load power modules (POLs) with fast transient response. POLA alliance members, including Artesyn Technologies, Ericsson Power Modules and Emerson’s Astec Power will develop and market the new plug-in modules with the same functionality and form factors as those provided by other members of the POLA alliance.
Initially, the companies will second-source the 16-A and 30-A versions of TI’s T2 series of POLs , which stepdown a 4.5-V to 14-V input to an adjustable output as low as 0.7 V. POLA members will evaluate extensions to the T2 family as they are released into production.
The T2 modules offer several advanced features, such as TurboTrans technology, SmartSync module-to-module synchronization functionality and Auto-Track sequencing. For more information on this product series, see www.ti.com/t2. Each POLA member will introduce its own pin-compatible modules later in 2006.