Akros Silicon SoC supports 60W and 90W PoE applications
Next-generation AS1860 with GreenEdge™ digital isolation technology offers the industry’s first
single-package solution for higher power PoE Powered Devices.
EDN met with Akros Vice President of Marketing, James Ashe at APEC 2013. We discussed this digital isolation technology which ranges from 2kV to 4 kV and enables SoC integration in bulk CMOS. I was quite intrigued with this feisty, creative and innovative company. Keep a close eye on them, there is some good talent there, led by some really good board member leadership with proven electronics and semiconductor track records.
Akros Silicon Inc. developed the AS1860, the newest member of the company’s GreenEdge™ family of system-on-a-chip (SoC) energy management ICs. The IC is equipped with Akros’ proprietary GreenEdge digital isolation technology and is suited to support deployments of 60W and above Power over Ethernet (PoE) Powered Device (PD) applications such as thin clients, monitors, industrial Ethernet, IPTV, building management, Industrial Networking and many other high power designs.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – January 24, 2013 – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced that PowerPulse has named Akros one of the ten “Power Electronics Companies to Watch in 2013.”
Published by the Darnell Group, PowerPulse is a leading power electronics publication with a substantial global readership. According to coverage on PowerPulse.Net about compiling the top ten list, the editorial staff at PowerPulse “scoured the global power electronics industry, looking for up-and-coming companies” to include. Akros was chosen, in part, for securing additional financing in November 2012, adding to previously raised capital and bringing the total to $11M. Another factor that figured into the decision was the announcement in November of an interoperability collaboration with Broadcom Corporation to support the emerging PoE (Power over Ethernet) 60-Watt extension.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – January 8, 2013 – Akros Silicon Inc., announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Silicon Valley Global 200 winners. Inclusion in the GoingGreen Silicon Valley Global 200 signifies leadership among its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing and entrenched players in green technology. Akros was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and global industry experts based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.
The GoingGreen Global 200 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and green technology industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2012 list.
Akros has established itself as a leading solution in network power applications adopted by major OEMs worldwide. Akros’ flagship digital isolation technology, GreenEdge™, allows digital communication, power control and health monitoring across the isolation barrier. The newest member of their family of GreenEdge energy management SoCs, the AS1860, offers features that accommodate flexibility within systems to create robust power management, while providing enhanced energy saving features.
“We are honored to be recognized for our accomplishments in energy efficiency,” said Parviz Ghaffaripour, Akros’ President & CEO. “When we introduced GreenEdge technology in 2009, our innovative approach was to change the design paradigm from power management to total energy management. Today, with 60W and above Power Over Ethernet (PoE) deployments expected to transform next-generation enterprise workspaces, our new AS1860 offers systems designers the most robust, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for higher power PoE applications.”
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – November 13, 2012 – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced that it has secured additional financing to supplement capital previously raised in 2012, bringing the total to $11M. In addition to Technology Partners, which led the most recent round of financing, Akros obtained financial support from existing investors: USVP, Levensohn Venture Partners and SPM Capital. The infusion of capital will be used for further expansion of sales and marketing channels and proliferation of new products into new market segments. Additionally, Akros is pleased to announce that Marc van den Berg from Technology Partners has joined Akros’ Board of Directors.
“Akros has demonstrated unique capabilities to leverage an extremely rich technology platform into a broad family of products that serve the power management, enterprise energy management and energy efficiency markets,” said Marc van den Berg of Technology Partners. “At Technology Partners we believe firmly in the Akros team and the capabilities of Akros’ technology to serve those markets in entirely new ways.”
“We are grateful for the financing from Technology Partners and all our investors, and we are pleased to welcome Marc to Akros’ Board of Directors,” said Parviz Ghaffaripour, President and CEO of Akros Silicon. "Our GreenEdge™ and Energy$ense™ product families are leading-edge game changers that have helped Akros establish its leadership in network power market segments. With the new backing of Technology Partners, along with the support from our existing investors, Akros will be better positioned to expand our served markets and deliver our innovative next-generation ICs to our growing global customer base.”
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – November 7, 2012 – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced an interoperability collaboration with Broadcom Corporation to provide fully integrated support of the emerging PoE (Power over Ethernet) 60 Watt extension.
Broadcom, a global innovator and leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has a family of PoE PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment) controllers (model BCM59111) that supports the rapidly emerging 60W application requirements.
Akros Silicon is uniquely suited to collaborate with Broadcom to enable seamless 60W PoE connectivity. Akros’ GreenEdge™ technology, integrated into a family of PoE system-on-a-chip (SoC) energy management ICs, allows high-speed digital communication across an integrated isolation barrier. This technology provides necessary handshaking and telemetry information with the power source to allow for safe and controlled power transfer, while eliminating optocouplers and their associated complex compensation networks. The result is significant improvement in reliability, reduced real estate, unmatched efficiency in power conversion and more accurate output-voltage sensing. Additionally, this technology enables significant system-level cost reduction.
Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced that its Energy$enseTM family of multi-output, digital DC/DC power management unit (DPMU) ICs has won the 2012 DesignVision Award in the “Semiconductor Components and ICs” category. The DesignCon technical committee, including 130 engineers and industry editors, evaluated products from hundreds of entries to choose the winners, who were recognized at an awards ceremony at DesignCon 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The DesignVision Awards celebrate “the achievements of the most innovative electronics companies and the unique tools that support customer needs to improve and simplify the design process,” says Patrick Mannion, Content Director, EDN & EE Times Designlines, for UBM Electronics. “Selection criteria included: industry vision, solution originality, and quality of implementation. "The industry-esteemed DesignVision awards honor the achievements of the most innovative semiconductor companies, the most prominent visionaries, and the most successful design tools in the industry. Reaching a final decision was difficult given the many excellent products submitted deserving of these awards."
New AS19xx high-efficiency Energy$enseTM digital PMUs with multi-rail DC/DC offer 94% peak efficiency and real-time power sensing and control for total energy management.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 29, 2011 – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced the new Energy$enseTM family of multi-output, digital DC/DC power management unit (DPMU) ICs. Energy$ense technology features include real-time power measurements and power-subsystem health monitoring, high efficiency (94% peak) and ultra-low standby current (<10uA), digital power control (via I2C) for selectable power operating modes, fast transient-handling capability for implementing adaptive power profiles, built-in spread-spectrum clocking for EMI management, and built-in sophisticated PWM-dimming for battery-draining LED-backlight displays.
Akros Silicon Launches DC-DC Controllers with Gate Drive Signal Shaping to Reduce EMI and Increase Efficiency
Design flexibility, wide-input voltage range and integrated protection make AS12xx ideal for Consumer, Telecom and Industrial applications.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – March 9, 2011 – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, today announced four new energy-efficient devices for a wide range of high-power, single-input and single-output DC-DC controllers. The AS12xx series is configurable for flyback, forward, boost or buck power topologies used in both isolated and non-isolated converter designs. Capable of providing up to 100W, the AS12xx devices’ current-mode architecture provides a fast-loop response and very low “no load” power consumption. Wide input voltage range of 8.5V to 57V and high single-rail output current enable AS12xx devices to be used in a wide variety of consumer electronic equipment such as set-top boxes, LCD televisions, DVRs, printers, indoor WiFi access points as well as in industrial Ethernet, motor control applications, automotive power and telematics sub-systems.
The AS1854 Garners Award for Innovative Advancement as the first Power System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Featuring Integrated 2kV Digital Isolation
Sunnyvale, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2010 – Akros Silicon, a leader in intelligent energy management semiconductor devices, today announced it was recognized with an Electronic Products’ Product of the Year award for its AS1854 Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Powered-Device System-on-a-Chip (PD SoC) product.
The editors of Electronic Products—a leading trade publication for electronic design engineers—evaluated thousands of products launched in 2009. The winning products are selected on the basis of innovative design, significant advancement in technology or application and substantial achievement in price and performance. The AS1854 broke new ground with an innovative SoC solution that includes GreenEdge™ high-voltage digital isolation technology, smart power management features and quad DC-DC power outputs; enabling intelligent, highly efficient, cost-effective solutions for PoE PD platforms. (see full press release)
Today a significant amount of energy is wasted in power conversions, as we consume it. The conversion of power from one voltage to another has inherent efficiencies of conversion resulting in wasted energy. The higher the efficiency, the less wasted power. Significant energy savings can be achieved by not only having high efficiencies at full loads, but also by maintaining high efficiencies at light loads with low standby power and ON/OFF power controls via remote networked managed systems.
Today power supplies consists of discrete PWM controllers and regulator, creating a “bag of chips” for a multi-rail power supply as seen below, with multiple conversion stages and varying efficiencies.