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Digital made simple

February 26, 2013 | Paul Buckley | 222905886
Digital made simple The switch from analog to digital power supplies brings significant benefits to a system in terms of efficiency and optimization through real-time monitoring, the problems the technology solves are felt by almost all OEMs, regardless of size, but its use has been limited to major OEMs with significant resources. CUI’s Mark Adams looks at emerging industry trend for simplicity that will allow small and medium sized industrial SMEs to make the leap to digital and take advantage of this technology too.

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It is almost impossible to have missed the digital revolution thats happening in the power market. Engineering publications have been loaded with market analysts comments on the technologys potential and new digital power products from leading IC companies.

And whilst analysts argue about the digital power markets exact rate of growth, virtually all agree it will far outpace the rest of the market.

Who is driving this growth for digital power?

One of the current debates calls into question where the industry lies on the 'Technology Adoption Lifecycle' curve. Understanding the level of adoption drives how quickly the market will grow. If the market is still in its infancy, exponential growth will not see fruition for some time. However, if the market has moved through an early adopter phase, near term market acceptance is more likely.

Tier-one computing, storage, networking, and telecom OEMs dominate todays implementation of digital power. And since these companies drive a large percentage of sales, the semiconductor and power supply vendors in this market have, understandably, been driven to develop solutions to support their future requirements.

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