Power: standards push DC-DC converter use

Worldwide shipments of dc-dc converters for the merchant market continue to grow, according to a recent study by Venture Development Corp.

06/12/2007


Natick, Massachusetts– Worldwide shipments of dc-dc converters for the merchant market continue to grow, according to a recent study by Venture Development Corp. In 2006, shipments of dc-dc converters totaled US$ 2.6 billion, and are forecast to reach US$ 3.9 billion in 2011. According to Brian Greenberg, analyst for VDC in the power conversion and control practice, standard converters represented over 60% of the dc-dc converters shipped during 2006, an increase from 45% only two years ago.

This increase can be partially attributed to industry standard organizations such as the Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) and Point of Load Alliance (POLA), says Greenberg. The standards developed by these organizations allow competing vendors to develop converters that are compatible in form, fit and function.
The availability of interchangeable products has simplified the evaluation process of converters and is in some measure responsible for the downward movement of ASPs, he said.

Also revealed in the study, pricing has become a significant criterion in the vendor selection process and has forced converter manufacturers to find other ways to remain competitive. Improving efficiency and reliability and adding features such as supply monitoring and control functions are some of the ways converter manufacturers are differentiating their products in an increasingly standardized environment. Venture Development Corp. (VDC) is an independent technology market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in a number of embedded, component, industrial, retail automation, RFID, AIDC, datacom/telecom, and defense markets. renee.robbins@reedbusiness.com , Control Engineering Weekly News ( Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.)





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
World-class maintenance: The three keys to success - Deploy people, process and technology; 2016 Lubrication Guide; Why hydraulic systems get hot
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Improving flowmeter calibration; Selecting flowmeters for natural gas; Case study: Streamlining assembly systems using PC-based control; CLPM: Improving process efficiency, throughput
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me