Green Plug, the first company to bring fully programmable mixed-signal controllers to the high volume AC-DC power converter market, today announced the availability of Greenscape, an innovative GUI-based development platform that fosters rapid prototyping and tuning of designs, targeting competitively-priced controllers that are optimally sized for each application.
The company made the announcement on the eve of APEC, the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, in Long Beach, Calif. from March 17 through March 21. Green Plug licenses its technology to power supply designers and power IC vendors to create highly configurable controller platforms.
With Greenscape, developers can make real-time changes to key thresholds, set points, startup sequences, timing, switching frequencies and more. Users get all the features expected of a high-performance, mixed-signal programmable controller, on par with the cost of fixed-function controllers. The same controller can be adapted easily to different topologies, power ranges and designs.
As a result of programmable controller features, power supply designers can now collaborate with their power driver chip suppliers to optimize integrated power devices for their applications. Conventional methods have simply not allowed for this collaboration. Power supply designers have traditionally been able only to specify requirements and work around whatever chips their suppliers deliver to them that meet those requirements. Collaboration up-front is expected to improve the pre-manufacturing design process significantly. Post-chip manufacturing, the programmable interface will allow for an unprecedented level of rapid prototyping and tuning.