Direct off-line AC regulators are becoming easier and easier to use which raises the possibility to take the AC-DC conversion deeper and deeper into some designs, closer to the point of use of the power.
The lump-in-a-cord PSU is a no-brainer for some jobs, but when that won't cut it, taking the AC power far into your product to a few square inches of off-line converter make a lot of sense compared to building your own multi-level power distribution. The cost of insulation and isolation is not high and all the support parts are available.
Much better in some apps than distributing high DC current busses.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.