Lucent Technologies' Titania DC/DC converters have gotten the thumbs up from a number of manufacturers of next-generation servers and microprocessors, including orders totaling roughly $100 million from Ascend, Intel, and Sun Microsystems.
The Titania line is the industry's smallest, most reliable, and flexible power supplies, according to Lucent. The technology enables higher performance for next-generation communications systems, finally eliminating power as the weak link for the faster, more reliable systems currently on the drawing boards of computer makers, the company said. Targeting computers and communications systems that have lower voltage and higher current requirements, the Titania modules can also replace voltage regulator modules, according to Lucent.
The company said it will produce Titania products at a new division in Austin, Texas. Lucent also plans to use the Titania series in its own next generation of wireless networks.
Lucent's Titania series brings a new form factor, IC connector sockets, and clean-room technology to the world of DC/DC converters, said Connie Heath Kubasti, an analyst with Heath Resource Group, Sunnyvale, Calif.
By integrating R&D, circuitry, procurement, and manufacturing efforts, the Titania series will serve as a platform for future product development, according to Terry Cummings, product marketing manager at Lucent.
Lucent has also introduced a power product line, called the Austin Series Power Modules, to address the needs of DSP and controller manufacturers for wireless infrastructure, Internet telephony server, and digital modem applications. The Austin series is similar technologically to the Titania series, but they address different applications, a company spokesman said.