BILLERICA, Mass. -- Sipex Corp. here has expanded its analog power-management portfolio with more than 50 new Alpha linear power products, ranging from 10 mA to 10 A of output current. Sipex is targeting the devices at Internet appliance manufacturers and distributed power system suppliers.
Sipex picked up the Alpha Semiconductor products as part of its acquisition of Calogic, a Milpitas, Calif. linear and analog chip maker last November.
"At over $1.5 billion, and growing at 15%-plus annually, the linear regulator marketis the largest segment of the power management IC marketplace," said Steve Parks, president and COO of Sipex. "With the addition of Alpha Semiconductors' linear power products, Sipex now controls one of the broadest linear regulator product offerings in the industry."
The combined Sipex/Alpha portfolio of power management products now totals over 100 products. The company's low-power, high-efficiency charge pumps, ultra-low-dropout regulators, and micropower DC-DC buck and boost regulators provide solutions for battery-operated handheld and portable products such as cellular phones, PDAs, and other internet-enabled devices.
"The Alpha power management products are very synergistic with Sipex, not only in technologies, but also in terms of our customer base," said Tim Goodrow, director of marketing for power management products at Sipex. "There is virtually no overlap in product technology, the linear power products from Alpha complement what we currently offer."
Cyrus Seaver, founder of Alpha Semiconductor and now senior vice president of sales and marketing and strategic new business development for Sipex, added, "Our semiconductor content in notebook applications has expanded to eight analog functions, including linear regulators, voltage references, 3-volt RS-232 transceivers and a variety of leading-edge single and dual
electroluminescent display drivers."
Sipex also is focused on low-voltage distributed power solutions in networking and computing products where it already provides the proprietary multi-protocol interface transceivers, and microprocessor voltage monitors. A new Sipex Design Center, focused on developing breakthrough buck controller topologies, is working on the next-generation distributed power solutions for servers, routers, hubs and other networking equipment.