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Amber taps Infineon for digital control of electricity

28 July 2021 Power Electronics / Power Management

Infineon Technologies and Amber Solutions recently announced an alliance on a range of silicon opportunities anchored around Amber's digital control of electricity with embedded intelligence.

The collaboration includes two main tracks of effort starting this year. The first track will focus on upgrading the power management architecture in specific product categories, like smart circuit breakers, light switches, outlets and others, to Amber and Infineon silicon-based solutions. Such categories will benefit from Amber's intelligent, dynamic power management in a small silicon chip in combination with Infineon's advanced power switch and control technologies, which are ideally suited for these applications.

The second, parallel track will explore the integration of some of Amber's proprietary architecture with certain Infineon product roadmaps to enable unique and beneficial solutions for the general market.

Amber's technology advancement in the digital control of electricity in a fully silicon-based architecture enhances the reliability, performance, power delivery capabilities and embedded intelligence possibilities in circuit breakers, wall plugs, switches and other electrical products. By replacing traditional bulky and expensive magnetic and mechanical components, Amber's solution frees up cost and significant amounts of space, which is strictly constrained in many of these applications by the standard form factors of circuit breaker panel slots and wall plug and light switch boxes.

Amber's patents cover two main core technologies:

AC/DC Enabler: A novel topology for AC/DC conversion that does not require magnetics or high-voltage electrolytic capacitors and is capable of producing a regulated low-noise DC output up to 5 Watts of power.

Indestructible AC Switch: A power-scalable and input-voltage independent switch, built with Infineon's microcontroller and MOSFETs configured in a proprietary and robust architecture, is fully protected from inductive, short circuit, capacitive over-current, surge and over-temperature conditions. This architecture is conducive to a broad array of AC mains product applications.





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