Trying to broaden its reach in point-of-load DC/DC converters, Artesyn Technologies Inc. has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Volterra Semiconductor Corp. to develop non-isolated converters for distributed power applications.
Under the agreement, Artesyn Technologies, Boca Raton, Fla., becomes the preferred partner of Volterra, Fremont, Calif., for point-of-load converter design and manufacturing to support the communications infrastructure market.
The relationship gives Artesyn direct access to Volterra's advanced power conversion ICs, which integrate onto a single chip all active components of a buck converter switching regulator. The ICs contain a high frequency pulse-width-modulator controller and high current gate drive circuit optimized to switch two high performance MOSFETs used for high-side control and low-side synchronous switching of the output.
Artesyn expects to leverage the agreement to expand its point-of-load DC/DC converter portfolio, with the first products to be released before the year's end.
For Artesyn, this is the company's second agreement in point-of-load DC/DC converters this year. In June, Artesyn teamed with the Astec Power division of Emerson and Texas Instruments Inc. to offer pin compatible point-of-load converters through a second-source licensing agreement.