Amantys has unveiled its vision for the power electronics industry to improve the efficiency and reliability of power switching.
The company says power switching needs a new approach: tight control at the core of the system, right by the transistor; remote control and monitoring of the system from afar. The Amantys power architecture integrates all of these elements into a single intelligent power switch to deliver ‘unparalleled’ system control, critical in applications as diverse as renewable energy generation, data centre power supplies, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Current switching technology lacks the control and observability critical for monitoring and improving switching performance. Intelligent power switching leverages the full benefits of semiconductor device technologies to give the platform needed for reliable and efficient conversion. The Amantys product roadmap delivers the control and visibility vital to effective power conversion in medium and high voltage systems. Applications such as HVDC, locomotive traction and industrial motors will all benefit from the early adoption of Amantys products.In power transmission systems for example, regional and national grids are being connected across geographies and borders, and one of the challenges for HVDC is the reliability and robustness of the power connection. Amantys intelligent switch products satisfy this need.
The company was founded by Pete Magowan as Chairman, with Bryn Parry and Mark Snook as CEO and Technical Director respectively, all experienced executives from ARM Limited.
Bryn Parry, CEO of Amantys comments, “It’s vital for us to engage with the market early to promote our technology vision for the power electronics industry. Our architecture is aimed at satisfying the market demand for efficiency and reliability and we see great market opportunities for our products across a number of application areas. We will be working closely with industry partners to deliver the levels of power efficiency and reliability we know are possible. Today marks the first step on delivering on our promise.”
Ian Drew, EVP Strategy at ARM added: “As we move into the Internet of Things, the ability to manage power more efficiently is going to become increasingly important. Amantys is helping to redefine the landscape of power electronics by deploying ARM processing at the heart of power conversion to provide intelligent switching.”
Amantys is today taking the first step on the road to intelligent power switching with the announcement of its first product. The Amantys Power Drive is a single channel, power-and-go gate drive, which incorporates a number of system enhancements to deliver improved performance over comparable solutions.
As well as attracting new finance in summer this year, Amantys already has first contracts in place with lead customers with this first product range.
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