Amber Solutions, a Silicon Valley-based company that is working on the commercialization of digital control of electricity through solid-state architecture, has announced that its patented AC Direct DC Enabler is now available as a demo kit for technical evaluation by consumer, commercial and industrial electrical products manufacturers and semiconductor companies.
The Amber AC direct power system enables DC extraction directly from AC Mains without the use of transformers, rectifiers, or filtering. According to the company, its technologies eliminate many of the old-tech electromechanical components that are still standard today to enable a dramatically smaller size footprint, while simultaneously delivering a much more dynamic, configurable power delivery capability.
The result Amber Solutions continues, is an opportunity for manufacturers and semiconductor companies to reinvent how electricity is leveraged, designed and feature-scoped in all electrical products, boasts Amber Solutions founder Thar Casey.
“Our success in integrating Amber’s patented technologies into next generation products will change how the world manages electricity and powers daily life,” says Casey.
“We are making our patented AC Direct DC Enabler available for testing by major global manufacturers and product designers who are eager to innovate and launch powerful new electrical devices and products based on our revolutionary architecture. Our efforts across a range of technology demo kits brings the vision of a new standard for silicon-based digital control of electricity a major step closer to market availability.”
The new AC Direct DC Enabler evaluation platform, now available in a pre-production discrete board format, allows manufacturers to experience the capabilities of Amber Solutions’ technologies and functions.
In December 2021, the company announced that its Indestructible AC Switch technology had reached a similar new productization milestone as a demo kit. This fully demonstrable, solid-state AC switching technology platform showcases how Amber’s Indestructible AC Switch provides precise digital control of electricity regulation, control, and protection. It also includes Amber’s AC Direct DC Enabler technology, affording the AC Switch the Enabler’s size and reliability advantages, along with its dynamic, intelligent DC power delivery capabilities.
Amber Solutions emphasizes the Amber AC Direct DC Enable allows manufacturers to add modern intelligence and enhanced functionality to new and existing products using much smaller silicon chips to manage and deliver DC power. Using a single silicon chip, this patented AC Direct power delivery system provides increased reliability and dramatically smaller size than today’s standard bulky AC /DC power converters, which will eventually disappear and become a relic of our analog past.
Additionally, the silicon architecture simplifies integration into products and lowers manufacturing touch costs by eliminating up to 50 percent of the components in standard analog power converters.
“We discovered a way the physics of electricity can be managed digitally through silicon chips, which changes everything for how all electrical products and even silicon chip solutions are designed,” notes Casey.
“Digitizing the AC sinewave is a profound breakthrough for building products because we can now use software and algorithms in a silicon chip to control every aspect of electricity. By enabling an exponential increase in features and value that doesn’t require changes to form factors like single gang boxes or retrofit circuit breakers, Amber’s innovative evolution of modern silicon technologies will spark a revolution in how the world manages and uses electrical power, the world’s most important 21st century commodity.”