DC/DC Converter has 1.3 x 0.63 in. footprint.

Press Release Summary:

Non-isolated, surface-mount, 40 W Point-of-Load Series APC12, available in 14 I/O configurations, delivers 12 A regulated power with efficiencies to 92%. Housed in compact, open-frame package, single-output series includes models with DC input of either 1.8-6.0 or 5.0-13.0 V and selection of 6 programmable DC output voltages from 0.9-3.3 V. Options include output voltage adjustability, active current sharing between paralleled units, and output status indication capabilities.

Original Press Release:

Astec Power Adds New High Efficiency Point of Load (POL) Converter Models

Non-Isolated Surface Mount Converter Features Wide Input Range and High Output Current with a Compact Footprint

CARLSBAD, Calif. - February 18, 2003 - Astec Power, a leading merchant supplier of power conversion solutions, has expanded its popular APC - Centauri surface-mount product line to include a series of 40-Watt Point-of-Load (POL) DC/DC converters. Available in 14 different input/output configurations, the new APC12 models deliver 12 Amps (A) of regulated power with efficiency as high as 92 percent.

Housed in the same compact open-frame package as the 25-Watt APC08 models, the devices feature an industry-standard SMT footprint. At only 1.3 inches long (33.02mm) by 0.63 inches wide (16mm), the 0.37-inch high (9.34mm) devices are sized for use with the most restrictive space requirements and can easily serve as a drop-in replacement for existing APC08 applications that have increased power requirements. Because of their competitive cost and compact size, the new APC12 models can economically replace discrete designs while using less board space and minimizing the time-to-market for DSP and ASIC applications.

The versatile single-output APC12 series includes models with a DC input of either 1.8V-6.0V or 5.0V-13.0V and a selection of six programmable DC output voltages from 0.9V to 3.3V. With the wide input voltage ranges and options such as output voltage adjustability, active current sharing between paralleled units and output status indication capabilities, the flexible devices are well-suited for a variety of POL applications.

When additional power is needed, APC models with the optional active current share capability can easily be operated in parallel. Each unit has its own enable pin to allow for sequential activation. Additionally, every unit has built-in overcurrent and overtemperature protection, with auto-recovery from any protective shutdown once a fault is removed.

The wide operating temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius makes the APC series suitable for use in extreme environments and for applications such as data and telecommunications. They are also well suited for instrumentation, internetworking devices such as hubs and routers, Automatic Test and Measurement equipment, and anywhere that rapid time-to-market is a priority.

Priced from $14.50 in OEM quantities, samples are available now. For more information, contact an Astec power representative in your area. To locate a representative, go to the Astec Power Web site at astecpower.com, and click on the SALES OFFICES button on the home page.

About Astec Power

Astec Power is a leading international supplier of power conversion solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), Astec Power is headquartered in Carlsbad, CA. Dedicated to advanced research and development, state of the art design, sophisticated automation and in-process testing, Astec Power produces standard, modified standard, and custom AC/DC and DC/DC power supplies, which range from one to 7,500 Watts. In order to satisfy and continue to grow its international custom base, Astec Power has operations in three continents. Through this strategic allocation of its manufacturing resources, Astec Power delivers competitively priced quality products worldwide in a timely and reliable manner.

About Emerson

St. Louis-base Emerson (http://www.gotoemerson.com/) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating; ventilation and air conditioning; appliance and tools. Emerson's fiscal 2002 sales were $ 13.8 billion.

Company Contact:
Mark Rice
VP Sales & Marketing, DC-DC Business
(760) 930-4600

Agency Contact:
Susan Connell
Jennings & Associates
(760) 431-7466

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