Electronics & Computers

ZMDI, Power-One Ink Development for Digital Power

June 21, 2011

ZMD will use Power-One's Digital Power power management technology patents to design and manufacture a smart power management controller; ZMD will also develop and manufacture Power-One's next-gen energy-efficient power conversion IC.

DRESDEN, Germany -- ZMD AG (ZMDI), a global supplier of energy-efficient analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, and medical applications, and Power-One, a leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide, field of use agreement for Digital Power Technology (DPT) patents from Power-One. The agreement licenses certain of Power-One's digital power technology ("DPT") patents to ZMDI, which will design and manufacture smart power management controller for modular digital point of loads ("POLs") for board mounted applications using the licensed DPT. ZMDI and Power-One also signed a development agreement by which ZMDI will develop and manufacture Power-One's next generation IC-solution for its energy-efficient power conversion products.

"Power-One is pleased to license its digital power technology to ZMDI, an emerging market leader in the power-management IC industry, for incorporation into its products," said Steve Hogge, President of Power Solutions at Power-One. "With the expanding number of leading power supply and semiconductor companies partnering with Power-One, we will continue to expand the market by providing energy-efficient technologies with increased functionality for our customers."

"In addition to signing a license agreement with Power-One, we look forward to cooperate closely with Power-One in developing the next generation controller products for Power-One's energy-efficient power conversion solutions," stated Bernhard Huber, ZMDI business line manager for standard components.

Digital power management provides end-users with increased control, efficiency and performance, enabling OEM products and data centers to run more efficiently. DPT dynamically reacts to the power needs of the system, reducing the number of analog board-mounted components, thereby creating a smaller footprint. Digital power provides access to critical system information including current and voltage, enabling the system to monitor the power consumption at the highest possible resolution.

ZMDI is developing highly energy-efficient power-management solutions for applications such as base stations, telecommunications switches, network routers, servers, storage and industrial personal computers (PCs).

About ZMDI
Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) is a semiconductor company focused on energy efficiency. The company is a leading supplier of innovative, highly precise, robust and cost-efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, which allow for a maximum of energy efficiency and environmental protection in the automotive, mobile medical, industrial automation and consumer markets. The company designs and markets application-specific standard products (ASSPs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) which are known for their robust, cost-effective performance in demanding environments characterized by high temperature, high voltage, and the need for ultra-low power. Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, ZMDI has 280 employees worldwide and serves customers from its offices in Dresden, Stuttgart, Germany; Milan, Italy; Pocatello, ID, Melville, NY, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan and Seoul, Korea. ZMDI has design centers in Dresden, Stuttgart, Munich, Germany; Varna, Bulgaria and Madison, Wisconsin.

About Power-One
Power-One designs and manufactures energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions for alternative/renewable energy, routers, data storage and servers, wireless communications, optical networking, semiconductor test equipment, industrial markets and custom applications. Power-One, with headquarters in Camarillo, California, has global sales offices, manufacturing, and R&D operations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Power-One is a public company listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol PWER.

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