Patented technology in silicon chip to extract DC power directly from AC mains for new power conversion architecture with dramatically smaller size, increased reliability, embedded intelligence, global compatibility, and dynamic configurable DC delivery.
Latest breakthrough protects solid-state architecture against short circuits, overvoltage, inductive load kickback, overcurrent, and overload conditions, creating a single, solid-state power system on a chip (PSOC) for intelligent circuit breakers, outlets, GFCIs, AFCIs, light switches, surge protectors, and more.
Amber solid-state technologies are so advanced that they deliver the major advantages of smaller silicon chip-sized form factors, including advanced digital surge protection, arc free switching, increased switching speed by many thousands of times faster, and higher quality with enhanced reliability—even when paired with traditional electro-mechanical architecture, as shown in this video.
Adding to its arsenal of proprietary intellectual property, Amber Solutions, the young Silicon Valley company that is making the digital control of electricity in solid-state architecture a commercial reality, today announced it secured four new patents for core technology applications that deliver digitally powered and enhanced GFCI, AFCI and overcurrent inrush current protection in solid-state circuit breakers and other electrical products.
“Our teams at Infineon see tremendous opportunity with Amber’s breakthroughs,” said Preet Sibia, Vice President, Power and Sensor Systems Division, Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. “They are addressing a tremendous opportunity in the market, and we are excited about how Amber’s innovative architecture … will provide value to our end customers’ products in ways previously not possible.”
Infineon referred to the Amber technology as a breakthrough, one that could overhaul the massive global electricity infrastructure by enabling replacement of mechanical-based electronic components seen in traditional everyday light switches and other devices with digital, solid-state controls. Amber technology provides digital control of electricity with a fully silicon-based design for greater reliability and control. Bulky magnetic and mechanical components can be replaced with smaller solid-state devices to free up space and lower cost, the two companies said.
“The goal is to exploit solid-state technology and move beyond electromechanical systems–the bulky electrolytic capacitors, magnetics, transformers and other passive elements standard today,” Casey said. “Our alliance aims to offer a transformation of every electrical endpoint in all residential and commercial buildings to a modern silicon architecture with embedded intelligence.”