The HYDRA-X scalable development platform from Active-Semi International, Inc. enables developers and makers to rapidly prototype systems with Active-Semi's industry-leading Power Application Controller (PAC)™ IC Family. The scalable HYDRA-X platform has already been used for applications such as brush-less DC motor control, power tools, small appliances, robotics, toys, and LED lighting systems.
The HYDRA-X platform release includes 2 scalable general-purpose Hydra "body" boards, namely, HYDRA-X10 and HYDRA-X20 based on PAC5210 and PAC5220 ICs, and 4 stackable Hydra "heads" that extend the functionality of the Hydra body boards to specific applications. Customers and developers can build their own Hydra heads that target their specific system needs. Active-Semi's patented and highly integrated family of PAC™ ICs integrates multi-mode power manager (for AC-DC or DC-DC conversion), configurable analog front-end, data converters, gate-drivers, on-chip temperature sensor, GPIO, and serial ports along with an ARM® Cortex MCU. This versatile power management and controller IC eliminates multiple discrete IC chips typically used in other solutions, reducing printed circuit board area.
HYDRA-X10, HYDRA-X20 and stackable HYDRA-X head boards are now orderable from Digi-Key Corp (www.digikey.com), Mouser Electronics (www.mouser.com) and Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) globally, and from Ineltek (www.ineltek.com) in Europe.