DC/DC Converters offer up to 94% efficiency.

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E-class non-isolated, point-of-load converters feature power density of 247 W/in³. They are offered with 5, 10, or 15 A outputs and have no minimum load requirement. Used with 12 V nominal on-board bus source, units will operate from input voltage of 10-14 V. Open-frame, single-board converters employ synchronous buck topology, using fixed-frequency 300 kHz switching and ultra low on-resistance MOSFETs. Surface-mount packages have heights of only 0.32 in.

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Advanced 12V-Input Point-of-Load Converters Combine Efficiency with Compactness for Leading-Edge Designs

Up to 94% efficiency and 247 W/in3 / 15 W/cm3 power density
Surface-mount packages have heights of only 0.32 inches / 8.2mm

June 19, 2003 --- Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ NM:ATSN) has launched a new series of 12V-input, point-of-load DC/DC converters, offering state-of-the-art performance to support leading-edge product designs. With efficiencies to 94%, power densities to 247W/in³ (15W/cm³), and typical heights of 0.32 inches (8.2 mm), these non-isolated converters support developers seeking to pack more functionality into smaller real-estate.

The new 'E-class non-isolated' point of load (niPOL) DC/DC converters are available with 5, 10 or 15A outputs, and have no minimum load requirement. Designed for use with a 12V-nominal on-board bus source - a popular standard in equipment areas including data communications and IT - the converters will actually operate from an input voltage from 10-14V. This wide range gives developers the means to enhance the economics of distributed power management architectures by using a purpose-designed 'intermediate bus converter', as well as the more conventional isolated brick converter. The wide input voltage range additionally meets the popular Infiniband architectural specification.

At launch, the new 12V-input E-class comprises four models, offering output voltages which may be set anywhere from 0.8V to 3.63V by means of a single external resistor. This provides wide-ranging flexibility for the low-voltage silicon levels in use today - allowing developers to upgrade product designs without PCB changes if IC voltage requirements migrate.

The 10A and 15A variants are available in horizontal, surface-mounting packages measuring 1.3 x 0.53 inches (33 x 13.5 mm), with an above-board height of 0.32 inches (8.2 mm). The 5A is available in a horizontal, surface-mounting package measuring 0.80 x 0.45 inches (20.3 x 11.4 mm), with an above-board height of 0.235 inches (5.97 mm). The 15A version is additionally available in a single-in-line form factor for through-hole mounting, with a 2 x 0.31 (50.8 x 7.8 mm) footprint and a profile of 0.5 inches (12.7 mm).

The niPOL converters employ a synchronous buck topology, using fixed-frequency (300 kHz) switching and ultra low on-resistance MOSFETs. This delivers very high conversion efficiencies of 94% typical, at 12Vin and 3.3Vand at 15A full load current.

The converters incorporate a number of high-end features to support leading-edge product designs, including remote sense, remote on/off, and comprehensive protection against over-temperature and short-circuit conditions. However, users may optionally order parts without the remote sense and/or trim pin connectors, to simplify second-sourcing.

Artesyn's E-class products are fabricated from surface-mount components, including the magnetics, and are designed for fully-automated assembly to help keep manufacturing costs as low as possible.

An open-frame, single-board construction minimizes cost and weight and simplifies thermal management. The converters will operate over a -40 to +85°C ambient temperature range, and are expressly designed for high reliability, using conservative component de-rating criteria. In addition the 15A variants will deliver their full 55W output at 60°C under natural convection.

The new series carries a full set of international safety approvals - including EN60950 (TÜV Product Service) and UL/cUL60950. Pricing for 10,000-piece quantities starts at $8.00 US for the 5A part, at $10.45 US for the 10A part, at $14.00 US for the 15A part and the standard lead time is stock to 6-8 weeks.

About Artesyn Technologies
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla, is a leading provider of advanced power conversion equipment and real-time subsystems to the communications industry. With one of the broadest portfolios of power products available, Artesyn offers customers a wide range of high efficiency AC/DC power supplies, as well as advanced DC/DC and Point-of-Load converters for distributed power architectures. Artesyn's line of WAN interfaces, CPU boards, DSP solutions and protocol stacks are also at work in many of today's leading Teledatacom(TM) networks. For more information please visit artesyn.com

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